Botanical Name: Prunus ilicifolia lyonii
Common Name: Catalina Cherry  
Plant photo of: Prunus ilicifolia lyonii
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Ranch, Seascape, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Standard


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Foundation


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Wind Break, Fire Resistant


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by:
Photographer: Jerry Sortomme SBCC
  • Description

  • Notes

The Catalina cherry is an evergreen tree or shrub that grows 15'-40' high and wide. It develops showy white flowers in the spring and red fruit in the fall. It is resistant to oak root fungus. The Catalina cherry is native to California, is drought tolerant, is a beneficial insect plant, and attracts butterflies. -Cornflower Farms
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.