Rhamnus (Frangula) californica 'Mound San Bruno'

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Rhamnaceae (The Buckthorn Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
4-5 feet high by 6 feet wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
This selection by Roger Raiche makes a broad, relatively low mound. The plant is closely branched and has very dark leaves, narrower than those of the more typical selections. Its clusters of small, greenish yellow blossoms are fragrant but inconspicuous. However, the large berries which follow and persist into winter are often quite showy, being heavily tinged with red or purple, often black when mature. Coffeeberry is adaptable and useful in a variety of landscape settings according to size and shape. Sun or light shade, many soils, occasional summer watering when established.