Christmas Berry/California Holly (heteromeles arbutifolia)

CHRISTMAS BERRY
(Heteromeles arbutifolia)
A.K.A.
California Holly
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Christmas Berry grows from 2–5 m (rarely up 10 m in shaded conditions) and has a rounded to irregular top. Its leaves are evergreen, alternate, sharply toothed, have short petioles, and are 5–10 cm in length and 2–4 cm wide. In the early summer it produces small white flowers 6–10 mm diameter, in dense terminalcorymbs.

The five petals are rounded. The fruit is a small pome, 5–10 mm across, bright red and berry-like, produced in large quantities, maturing in the fall and persisting well into the winter.

Distribution:
Christmas Berry is a common perennial shrub native to California down to Baja California.  It is a prominent component of the coastal sage scrub plant community, and is a part of drought-adapted chaparral and mixed oak woodland habitats.

Toxic Principle:
cyanogenic glycosides, which break down into hydrocyanic acid on digestion

Poisoning Symptoms include:
vertigo, vomiting, collapse and in some cases death within one or two hours.

IMMEDIATELY CALL YOUR VET FOR TREATMENT OPTIONS
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