Prunus ilicifolia

Evergreen Cherry, Holly Leaved Cherry, Hollyleaf Cherry, Islay

In Stock: 3.645 lb (Total:3.645lb)
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3.65 lb
Prunus ilicifolia


Germination test:
Seeds per lb:
3.65 lb
Collected in:
Riverside County
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Prunus ilicifolia, also known as the Hollyleaf cherry, Evergreen cherry or Islay, is a beloved species native to coastal California and northern Baja California. Known for its hardy nature, this evergreen shrub-to-tree grows up to 30 feet tall, featuring glossy holly-like leaves and edible cherries. From March to May, it produces clusters of small white flowers, typical to the rose family, Rosaceae. Its fruit is sweet with a dense pulp encasing a large stone, making it a desirable food source that's been cultivated for centuries. Besides its culinary appeal, Prunus ilicifolia is renowned as an ornamental plant. Easy to grow from seed, it's often pruned into a handsome hedge. It thrives under full sunlight and in loose, porous soil, showing excellent tolerance to drought conditions, even though it needs regular watering while young. Notably, this plant is also a magnet for bees, enhancing its appeal for those attempting to create a pollinator-friendly green space. Lastly, the native Salinan people were known to ferment its fruit into a unique intoxicating beverage.

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