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

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Black, Red


Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Wind Break


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies, Wildlife

Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Jerry Sortomme SBCC
  • Description

  • Notes

The Catalina Cherry is an evergreen shrub that grows 15'-25' high and 10'-15' wide. It has a tree-like habit. It develops showy white flowers in the spring and red changing to black fruit in the summer. It is resistant to oak root fungus. The Catalina Cherry is native to CA, is drought tolerant, a beneficial insect plant, and attracts butterflies. New foliage is apple green in color, turning to dark green. Catalina Cherry is great for privacy hedges because of the dense foliage.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas