Frangula californica ‘Leatherleaf’

'Leatherleaf' coffeeberry

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 6' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



Coffeeberry is found in many plant communities throughout the California floristic province. ‘Leatherleaf’ was selected from Montara Mountain in San Mateo County. It is named for its dark, rounded leaves, which are quite distinctive for the species. ‘Leatherleaf’ grows in a dense, rounded form to about 6 feet, though it may grow larger in favorable settings. The small yellow flowers of March yield large purple berries in the late summer. ‘Leatherleaf’ coffeeberry may be grown in a variety of sun exposures and soil types. It will appreciate some protection from the mid-day sun and occasional summer water in inland situations.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen