Rhamnus californica
‘Eve Case’

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.

Curious Plantsman

Low Water

CA Native Perennial Shrub
USDA zones 7b-11