Toyon or California Christmas Berry
- Rose Family
- Evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 6 or 8 feet high.
- Leaves are 2 to 4 inches long and dark green and fine toothed.
- Small white flowers appear in June or July.
- Red berries appear by December....favorite food of robins, mockingbirds, and cedar waxwings!
I enjoyed this paragraph in my California Forests and Woodlands book:
"The wildlife of Foothill Woodland is often richest in the woods where the pines and oaks intermingle with California Buckeyes, a shrubby undergrowth of Buckbrush, California Coffeeberry, Toyon, and tangled vines of Wild Grape, Pipestems, and Western Poison Oak."This describes our habitat perfectly! I love learning about the interdependence of plants and animals...so very interesting. I need to add Coffeeberry and Wild Grape to my list of plants to study in the next year so look for entries in the future.