SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Berries are slightly toxic. Sudden Oak Death manifested as leaf spot and twig die-back.
Native to California and Southwestern Oregon.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 3 - 15 feet.
Width: 8 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Oblong, Glossy Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Black or Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Light Gray or Red Brown, Furrowed or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 3 - 10 and 14 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids and Leaf Miner, Sudden Oak Death.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Poisonous Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered High.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Frangula californica Tree Record." 1995-2018. Mar 24, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/frangula-californica >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI