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Roger's Tree Pick for December: Toyon, the 'Christmas berry'


Last updated 12/8/2006 at Noon

December is the month when there is a vast array of fruiting berry plants of trees and shrubs that dot our landscape and the Toyon (commonly known as the “Christmas berry”) certainly is in that league.

Heteromeles arbutifolia is the botanical name and it is a California native widely distributed in the foothills and low mountains up to 4,000 feet in the central Nevada foothills Coast Ranges from Shasta to Humboldt County and south into San Diego County.

Toyon is noted to be a prominent component of the coastal sage scrub plant community. It inhabits open woodlands, canyons, varying sl...

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