Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia Santa Clara County

Hollyleaf cherry Santa Clara County

Plant Type: Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 40' X 30'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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The hollyleaf cherry is an attractive and adaptable garden subject. The leaves are a shiny dark green, with spines on the margins for which this tree is named. The form is rounded and upright. Starting as a multi-trunk shrub, Hollyleaf cherry matures into a small single-trunk tree. Small white flowers transition to bright red fruit in the fall, which are edible though mostly pit. Note that the fruit can stain so care must be taken when siting the tree. Hollyleaf cherry is wonderfully tolerant of pruning and is disease resistant, so it may be used as a native hedge. Hollyleaf cherry is native to the coastal and interior coastal regions of California from The San Francisco Bay Area on into Mexico. It is a cornerstone wild plant in my area of western Santa Clara County. These plants were grown from seed collected in western Santa Clara County.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen