Rhamnus crocea * Red Berry
Rhamnus crocea is an underutilized native that deserves far more frequent planting than it gets. Red Berry grows well in high open shade, but better if the plants get at least a part of the day in the sun. The red berries are great bird attractors. Rhamnus crocea grows to 8 feet in a favored location but more often will top out at 4-6 feet. Rhamnus crocea is not hugely particular about soils, and can tolerate a little summer water, but are just about as happy without. Rhamnus crocea is a larval food source for the Pale Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly and the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar and is a great addition to the Butterfly Garden.
High resolution photos of Rhamnus crocea are part of our garden image collection.