SelecTree: Tree Detail
COSTA RICAN HOLLY
Photo Locations: Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Orange, CA, Cal Poly State University Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA and San Marcos Growers - Santa Barbara, CA
New growth is bronzy-green.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Previously listed in the Flacourtiaceae family.
Additional Common Names
GUATEMALAN HOLLY, COSTA RICAN HOLLY, MANZANOTE
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 25 - 40 feet.
Width: 15 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate and Hollylike, Dark Green, Bronze or Red, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Green to Brown or Black Pome, Large to Very Large (1.50 to 3.00 or more inches), fruiting in Spring, Summer or Fall.
Bark Gray, Scaly or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Leaves and Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Screen and Street Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Olmediella betschleriana Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jun 24, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/olmediella-betschleriana >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI