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Photos courtesy of Krzysztof Ziarnek
This evergreen California native shrub features elliptical and leathery green leaves and matures at 6' tall and wide. In late spring, clusters of small, yellow-green flowers appear at branch tips and attract an array of pollinators. The berries that follow start out green, then age to burgundy-black and are attractive to birds and small mammals. This handsome Ceanothus relative also acts as a larval food source for the pale swallowtail butterfly. It's an adaptable shrub, growing in sun to light shade and tolerant of many types of soil. It makes a valuable addition to a bird garden, providing food for such avian favorites as robins, thrushes and thrashers. Shade tolerant, it is valuable as an understory planting. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in bright shade to sun and give a bit of regular water. Though it is called Coffeeberry, the berries are not edible by humans. Deer resistant.