Prunus ilicifolia

California Evergreen Wild Plum
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Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Large

Mature Height & Spread

3-30′ x 10-25′

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

White

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Drought Resistant, Screen

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit

Rounded

Sunset Garden Zones

5-9, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

10-Jun

Prunus ilicifolia is sometimes referred to as a California Evergreen Wild Plum.  It has also been called Hollyleaf Cherry.  It has holly-like spiny leathery leaves and bears white flowers in spring.  It is a densely branched evergreen shrub that can grow from 3 to 30 feet tall.  Some landscapers train them as hedges while others prune them into a tree.  In late spring Prunus ilicifolia is covered with small white flowers that mature in summer to large red-purple cherries.  Prunus ilicifolia likes full sun and is drought tolerant but responds well to occasional deep watering.

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