Rhus integrifolia - Lemonade Berry
California native plants don't often come with dark glossy green leaves and a full profile. Rhus integrifolia gets to 4-5 feet tall and can spread to 15 or more feet across. Lemonade Berry grows on the slopes in the first half mile from the coast. The berries were once steeped in water to make a lemon flavored drink. I like to use Rhus integrifolia for the foliage but the flowers put on quite a show as well. Lemonade Berry performs fairly well as a hedge. It grows quite well in the shade of oaks and needs no additional water in the Coastal area.
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