Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zone
Zones 5-9, 12-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Prunus ilicifolia lyonii

Catalina Cherry
Rosaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

PRUNUS

Discussed here are ornamental members of the genus Prunus. Fruit trees belonging to this genus—collectively known as stone fruits—are described under their common names. See Almond; Apricot; Cherry; Peach and Nectarine; Plum (includes Prune); and Plum Hybrids.

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, and street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.

Prunus ilicifolia lyonii

Native to California’s Channel Islands. In the wild, the plants can grow as trees to 45 ft. tall and over 30 ft. wide, but in gardens they’re more often seen as giant shrubs to 15–20 ft. tall and wide. Glossy, oval to elliptical leaves to 2 in. long are light green when new, maturing to a rich deep green; they are smooth edged or very faintly toothed. Flowers are identical to those of P. i. ilicifolia; fruit is darker red to almost black.

You Might Also Like...

Prunus ilicifolia ilicifolia

Native to California Coast Ranges. Grows to 10–25 ft. tall and wide. Glossy, oval to elliptical ...

Levisticum officinale

Used as an ornamental, an herb, and as an edible plant, lovage grows in clumps that can reach 6 ft. ta...

Acanthus mollis

This is the most commonly grown species. In bloom it reaches 4–5 ft. high. The spineless leaves ...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement