Rhus integrifolia

Lemonade Berry
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

5-10′ x 5-10


Full sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

White, Pink

Bloom Time

Spring, Winter

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Edible, Low Water Use, Screen

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

8, 9, 14-17, 19-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Moderate-growing evergreen shrub typically growing to 5-10’ tall and wide, or greater with age. Coastal plantings tend to be more compact and stay below 4’ tall. This tough, drought tolerant California native forms a dense rounded mound of leathery, aromatic, medium to deep-green leaves accented with clusters of creamy-white to  rosy-pink flowers that appear in early-spring. Flowers are followed by tight clusters of reddish-colored fruit that taste of bitter lemon and can be used to flavor water as you would with lemons. Well-suited as a specimen, hedge or mass planting, and is especially useful for stabilizing slopes or ocean bluffs. Requires very little water once established, and thrives in fast-draining soil with a full sun to partial shade exposure.

USDA Zone: 9B-11
Sunset Zone: 8, 9, 14-17, 19-24

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