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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Female plants produce small, bright red berries, each containing 2 seeds.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Winter
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Dioecious

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Common names
  • Redberry Buckthorn
  • Redberry
  • Holly-Leaf Buckthorn

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Location: Hermes copper butterfly is found primarily in San Diego County, California, with a few records of the species documented in Baja California, Mexico. It inhabits coastal sage scrub and southern mixed chaparral and lays its eggs on its larval host plant, spiny redberry. (Michael W. Klein Sr./USFWS
Date: 2009-05-25
Credit USFWS
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve
Location: University of California Botanical Garden
Date: April
photo by Stan Shebs
Location: University of California Botanical Garden
Date: April
photo by Stan Shebs
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