Heteromeles arbutifolia (toyon)
Tongva - ashuwet
Kumeyaay - hosiill
An evergreen shrub to small tree that grows up to thirty feet high and fifteen feet wide. This plant can grow up to ten feet in three years. It has white flowers that bloom in the summer. It is great for erosion control or slope stabilization because this shrub eventually becomes deep rooted.
An easy California Native to grow in the Los Angeles area. For more recommendations visit our Easiest California Native Plants to grow in your garden guide.
Plant with: Lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos species), Ceanothus species, Milkweed (Asclepias species), Giant Wild Rye (Elymus condensatus), Sand Aster (Corethrogyne filaginifolia), Sagebrush (Artemisia californica), Monkeyflower (Mimulus species), Encelia californica, Buckwheat (Eriogonum species), Heartleaf Keckiella (Keckiella cordifolia), Penstemon species, Salvia species, Blue-eyed Grass(Sisyrinchium bellum)
- Plant in full sun or part shade
- Tolerant of most soils
- Water twice a month once established
- Drought tolerant
- Fire resistant
- Hardy up to -5 degrees
- Attracts birds, bees and butterflies
- Deer resistant
-Native to California
*Berries are toxic if ingested!