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Rhamnus ilicifolia

Rhamnus ilicifolia Kellogg

Hollyleaf Redberry

Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)

Synonym(s): Rhamnus crocea ssp. ilicifolia, Rhamnus crocea var. ilicifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Hollyleaf Redberry is a member of the buckthorn family (family Rhamnaceae) which includes shrubs, woody vines, and small to large trees, rarely herbs, often spiny. About 700 species worldwide; 15 native and 3 naturalized tree, about 50 shrub, and 1 woody vine species in North America.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , NV , OR

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade


Use Ornamental: Nice hedge plant, holly-like leaves.
Interesting Foliage: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Rhamnus ilicifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rhamnus ilicifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhamnus ilicifolia


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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