Rhus integrifolia

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Rhus integrifolia
Rhus integrifolia

Species Name: Rhus integrifolia
Common Name: Lemonadeberry

Great for slopes or hedge. Nearly indestructible once established. Fruit is sour just like lemons. Try it raw or mixed in water to make a tart drink.

Plant Family: Anacardiaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10' H x 10- 30' W
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading and dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow to establish, then fast
Sun Exposure: Sun or partial sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southwest, Baja
Natural Habitat: Canyons, generally north facing slopes, chaparral

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A handsome shrub of rapid, spreading growth, having thick leathery leaves of a slatish green, noticeably tinged with red. Flowers in clusters, white or pale pink followed by red sour berries from which it derives its name. As a permanent bank covering it has no equal, growing in full sun or shade and thriving without any water other than the natural rainfall. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.