Rhamnus tomentella ssp. tomentella

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Species Name: Rhamnus tomentella ssp. tomentella
Common Name: Mountain Coffeeberry

Attractive shrub good for screening or hedge. Birds are attracted to the berries. Give extra water during hot summer months.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 24' H x 18' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath, High North Coast, North Coast, Cascade Foothill & South Coast Ranges,Sierras, Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay, SW California, Desert Mtns.
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest below 7500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Similar to [Rhamnus californica] but usually with slightly larger and broader leaves which are whitish or tomentose on the under side. Gallon cans, 60c."
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