Rhamnus californica 'Leatherleaf'

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Species Name: Rhamnus californica 'Leatherleaf'
Common Name: Leatherleaf Coffeeberry

An excellent shrub for part shade with occasional summer water. Dark green leaves are rolled under at edges. Makes a nice foundation shrub against the north side of a house. Showy (but not edible) red-purple berries appear in fall.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 8' H x 8' W
Growth Habit: Shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: White
Distribution: Selected for the garden
Natural Habitat: Selected for the garden

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.