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Hollyleaf Cherry
Scientific Name: Prunus ilicifolia (Nutt. ex Hook. & Arn.) D. Dietr.
Family: Rosaceae
Hollyleaf Cherry (Prunus  ilicifolia)
"Prunus ilicifolia Walp.", 19759 U.S.D.A Forest Service., Courtesy of the Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 7-9,12-24
USDA: 6-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: central and southern Coast Ranges of California (USA), Baja California (Mexico)

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or small tree, 15 to 25 feet (4.5-7.5 m) or more, 10 to 20 feet spread (3-6 m); thick, deep green, spiny toothed leaves, 0.8 to 2 inches long (2-5 cm) ; oblong to nearly oval leaves, with finely toothed margin, 2 to 4 inches long

Watering Needs: Moderate water, needs well drained soil

Propagation: Short-lived seeds, sprouts

The species epithet 'ilicifolia' comes from the botanical Latin for "holly (ilex) leaves".

Cultural Practices:
Resistant to oak root fungus

Blooming Habits:
Small white flowers, 0.5 inch in diameter (1.2 cm), in a cylindrical clusters, 3 to 6 inches long (7.5-15 cm), in March. Yellow, red or purple drupe, 0.16 to 0.32 inch in diameter (4-8 mm). The fruits are edible, but have almost no flesh.

Fruiting Habits:

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