Heteromeles arbutifolia (toyon)
Toyon is an evergreen shrub to small tree that usually grows to 6-8 ft. high and 4-5 ft. wide. Toyon can go to 15-20'
drought tolerant after the first few years, but tolerates some water if drainage is good. Relatively fire resistant,
full sun, but tolerates full shade. Tolerates serpentine based adobe soils, but also lives in beach sand.
easy to grow. If properly situated, they can grow very quickly, up to 10 feet in three years
gray bark, either smooth or fissured with age that hold leathery 2-4 inch long oblong leaves that are serrated along the margins and many small white mildly fragrant flowers in terminal clusters in late spring to early summer that produce bright red pea sized berries in the winter (berries are edible to humans but acidic and not that pleasant - they also contain cyanide compounds that are harmful if too many are eaten raw)
this plant is eventually deep-rooted so useful for erosion control or slope stabilization and has been reported to be somewhat fire resistant
Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers and birds somewhat to the fruit