|Lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia). Entrance to Garden of Dreams.|
CSU Dominguez Hills
We have several Lemonadeberry shrubs growing on the CSUDH campus. This is a true Southern California shrub, growing from south of Santa Barbara to Baja California, Mexico. While primarily a coastal species, it ranges east to Riverside County, appearing in the Coastal Strand, Coastal Sage Scrub and Chaparral plant communities. Typically it grows in drier canyons, either on north-facing slopes or slopes/bluffs facing the ocean. A lowland species, Lemonadeberry is rarely found above about 2500 ft. (900 m.) elevation, its distribution likely limited by freezing temperatures.
Lemonadeberry is a large evergreen shrub, reaching a maximal height of 6-10 ft. in protected areas and 2-3 ft. along the immediate coast. It is usually somewhat wider than tall, spreading to as much as 10-12 ft. in diameter in favored spots. Interestingly, it can be kept to a much smaller size with regular pruning
Learn more about Lemonadeberry at: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2014/12/plant-of-month-december-lemonadeberry.html
|CSUDH student measures Lemonadeberry. Palos Verdes peninsula.|