Oemleria cerasiformis

Oso berry

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 12' X 12'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



The oso berry is found in many habitats around California and beyond. The leaves are apple-green and lance shaped. In the winter, oso berry will begin to leaf out and produce a small panicle of bright white flowers. This is the easiest time to find an oso berry in the wild, since their flowers stand out among the other plants with which oso berry is often entwined. Its form is upright and spreading. The fruit is deep blue and oblong. It is said to taste something like a combination of olive and blueberry. Plant oso berry in partial shade with occasional water, preferably where its subtle qualities can be appreciated. Oso berry is dioecious, meaning that the male and female flowers are found on different plant. Both types will be needed for a female plant to bear fruit.


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