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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Rhamnus crocea Nutt.
Holly-leaf buckthorn, Redberry, Redberry buckthorn
USDA Symbol: RHCR
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A spreading, much-branched shrub from 2-3 ft. tall with small, dark gray-green leaves. The clusters of cream-colored flowers are followed by showy, red berries.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Dark Green Fruit: Size Class:
1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
, CA Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges from Lake to San Diego Cos., CA Native Habitat:
Dry washes & canyons below 3000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Will not bear berries if under stress.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Pretty red fruit. Makes a good hedge.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Germination of seeds is easy. Cuttings are difficult. Seeds should be cleaned of pulp before sowing.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment seems necessary. If seeds have been stored, dormancy can be broken with a cool-moist stratification period.
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2008-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff