Prunus ilicifolia var. ilicifolia

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 362.

Shrubs or trees, 10–90 dm. Leaves: petiole 3–10 mm; blade ovate to suborbiculate, 1.6–6 × 1.2–4 cm, margins undulate, spinose-dentate to spinose-serrulate. Drupes dark red to purple, 12–18 mm.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–May; fruiting Aug–Nov.
Habitat: Chaparral, woodlands, canyons, slopes, and ridges
Elevation: 0–1600 m


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Calif., Mexico (Baja California).


Variety ilicifolia is widely cultivated in California because of its persistent, dark green, hollylike foliage.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Joseph R. Rohrer +
(Nuttall ex Hooker & Arnott) D. Dietrich +
Cerasus ilicifolia +
Calif. +  and Mexico (Baja California). +
0–1600 m +
Chaparral, woodlands, canyons, slopes, and ridges +
Flowering Apr–May +  and fruiting Aug–Nov. +
Illustrated +
Amygdalus +, Armeniaca +, Cerasus +, Lauro-cerasus +, Padus +  and Persica +
Prunus ilicifolia var. ilicifolia +
Prunus ilicifolia +
variety +