Rhus integrifolia, lemonade berry
Common Name: Lemonade Berry
An evergreen shrub that grows up to ten feet high and wide. It has small pink flowers that bloom in the winter through spring. The fruit is tart. It does well on dry slopes or banks and is useful in erosion control. It’s tough! But slow growing. Young plants should be pinched to pinched to encourage dense growth. You can shear two to three times a year to form a hedge or screen. Wear gloves, you might have a poison oak like reaction to the sap. This plant produces a pollen that can produce an allergic reaction.
These plants are usually pest free but sometimes they are susceptible to crown rot or branch dieback disease.
- Plant in full sun or shade
- Tolerant of most soils. Best in sandy soil.
- Great companion plant under evergreen oaks
- Drought tolerant
- Fire resistant
- Great for erosion control and bank stabilization
- Hardy to 15 degrees
-Native to California
Tongva - sorah
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