Rhus integrifolia/Lemonade Berry

Rhus integrifolia / Rhus integrifolia
A large, specimen shrub growing in southern California
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A large, specimen shrub growing in southern California

Flowers and the flat, leathery foliage

Foliage and flowers

Foliage and flowers

Large mature shrub blooming in late January in southern California

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Scientific Name: Rhus integrifolia
Common Name: Lemonade Berry
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Winter
Flower color: White, Pink
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: The Lemonade Berry is common in Southern California occurring in the coastal sage scrub habitat. It produces flat, leathery foliage and clusters of small white to pink flowers followed by red, hairy, sticky fruit. The berries are used in making a drink that has the flavor of lemonade.