Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Rhamnus californica ssp. californica - California Coffeeberry
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Family Name: Rhamnaceae
Common Name: California Coffeeberry
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Coastal-sage scrub, chaparral, woodlands, forests. Below 7500 ft.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Shrub, mature plants typically 2-5 m tall.
Comments on overall growth: Stems are flexible.
Bark and Stem Description: Twigs are flexible, light gray to brown.
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Description: Alternate, simple, elliptical in shape, 2.5-7.5 cm long, margins toothed or entire and sometimes rolled under, thick, hairless.
Infloresence Description: 5-60 flowers in a cluster set in axils of leaves.
Flower Description: Small, 5 petals
Fruit Description: Black drupes, 1-1.5 cm diameter, 2-3 seeds