Botanical Name: Rhamnus californica
Common Name: California Coffeeberry  
Plant photo of: Rhamnus californica
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

3-6', 6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color

Green, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Black, Red


Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Park, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Betsy Thompson
  • Description

  • Notes

The California Coffeeberry is an evergreen shrub that reaches 3'-15' high. It has red berries that turn black in late summer, which attracts birds. This shrub tolerates sun or partial shade in all soil types. This CA native is drought tolerant once it's established. It is a beneficial insect plant and attracts butterflies. In ocean areas, this plant looks more like a ground cover. Small flowers appear in spring but are considered insignificant.
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