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Even if you think that you've never heard of the beautiful California native shrub Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), you have. Maybe you actually haven't heard the name Toyon, but you are very familiar with the industry named after it.

The story goes that in the late 1800's H.J. Whitley named a new neighborhood he was building in the Los Angeles area from the nearby Holly Canyon, which was named for the Toyon plant and its holly-like winter berries. The new neighborhood's name? Hollywoodland. A decade later, in 1911, the first Hollywood studio opened and an American industry was born.

Ralph Cornell, a pioneering Landscape Architect in California wrote this about Toyon in his book Conspicuous California Plants in 1938, "Any plant that encourages bird life, supplies the bees with an unexcelled source of honey, gives food to man, furnishes tannin from its bark, protects arid slopes from erosion, paints the landscape with vivid colors and carries joy into the home at Christmas time, when no other berries are available to most Californians, surely deserves the protection of man, whom it serves so well."

Toyon (also known as California Holly and Christmas Berry) is a California native evergreen shrub that grow into a dense 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide drought-resistant shrub. It can be pruned into a small tree or sheared into a semi-formal hedge.

Covered in leathery leaves all year, it blooms pretty, but unspectacular, white flowers in summer. In the winter, though, when other plants are sleeping, Toyon is covered in vibrant - and we mean vibrant - red berries. If you can get to them before the birds do they make beautiful and rustic Christmas decorations.

If you live on the West Coast, Toyon is a great addition to your landscape. We agree with Cornell - Toyon 'surely deserves' to be in your garden. Order yours today!

  • Drought-Tolerant Native
  • Spectacular Red Winter Berries
  • Wildlife and Pollinators Love

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Great Winter Color on Native Plant

Heteromeles arbutifolia, also known by the common name Toyon, California Holly or the Christmas berry, it is native from Baja, California all the way up into Oregon. It's commonly believed that the name Hollywood was derived from the nearby Holly Canyon, which was named after the Heteromeles that grew there.

Introduced as a landscape plant in the early 1900's, Toyon is credited to Theodore Payne who came to California from England in 1893. Payne, along with his business partner, Ralph Cornell were early promoters of California native plants and greatly appreciated the value of the Heteromeles arbutifolia.

The beautiful fall and winter, bright-red berry display is without comparison. The berries were a food source for the native Indians and later to the early settlers, who would make wine out of the fruit. The berries were so popular as Christmas décor that in the 1920's, California passed a law restricting the collection of berries from anywhere but personally owned plants.

A great plant for erosion control and soil stabilization, this plant requires no summer water once established, but it can tolerate some summer irrigation in good draining soils. The Heteromeles attracts a wide range of birds and insects, so it is recommended as a border plant for organic gardens and landscape plantings.

Toyon is considered a very low water user and is recognized by the California Department of Water Resources, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) list and once established, it requires no additional water. This plant is recommended for all drought tolerant and xeriscape landscapes.

Heteromeles arbutifolia is found on most fire-resistant landscape lists. As a foundation planting, it should be at least 10 feet from the house and never planted under taller trees This plant is recommended for all defensible space plantings as an addition to fire-safe landscaping.


Toyon Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-11
Growing Zones 9-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Heteromeles arbutifolia
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium to Low Moisture
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Red Fruit in the Fall and Winter