SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: The Living Desert - Palm Desert, CA and San Luis Obispo, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Native to dry slopes away from the coast. Fairly cold hardy. Fruit often used to make a lemonade-like drink. Branches droop but resist breakage. Care should be taken when pruning as sap can cause a rash.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Arizona, Southern and Baja California.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
A Rhus ovata in Anza Borrego State Park is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 16 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 26 inches and a crown spread of 30 feet.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 5 - 10 feet.
Width: 5 - 10 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Ovate, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White or Pink. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Persistent, Red Berry, fruiting in Summer Edible and Wildlife use it.
Bark Light Brown or Gray, Rough or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 9 - 12 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, and Birds.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Buffer Strip or Container.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Rhus ovata Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 25, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/rhus-ovata >