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Coffeeberry - California Lilac

Coffeeberry (Frangula Californica) is a species of flowering plant in the buckthorn family native to western North America and produces edible fruits and seeds valued by birds. The fruit (berry) turns red, then purple, and finally black over the summer.

It is commonly known as California coffeeberry and California buckthorn. This plant occurs in oak woodland and chaparral habitats, numerous others in its range.[6] Individual plants can live an estimated 100 to 200 years.

Coffeeberry has a dense form and is easy to prune. It makes a great and fire resistant hedge. In favorable conditions the plant can develop into a small tree over 12 feet (3.7 m) tall.[2] More commonly it is a shrub between 3–6 feet (0.91–1.83 m) tall.[2]

Coffeeberry - California Lilac

Full Sun, Shade or Semi-Shade
Tolerates variety of soils
Water: light summer water up to 2x per month.
Spring flowers, turning to berries
Supports: birds and 1,000's of insects
Size: 5-8 ft H x 6-8 ft W; keep size in check with pruning
Propagation: Usually by seed but can do through division.

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