Friday, September 17, 2010

Rhamnus californica--Coffeeberry

Those berries sure are lovely, but I think you would never want to make coffee out of them. I think it was named "Coffeeberry" because the berries look a bit like ripe coffee beans. This species is a very drought-tolerant evergreen. Hardy to about -5 degrees F. Usually grows about 4-6' high, but can get to be 10' high and wide. Likes sun or part shade. Prefers good drainage. In berry and for sale now at the UC Botanical Garden.

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