Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon
this is one of our most versatile and dependable native shrub/trees. although it can be grown as a large tree, i like it best when it's coppiced every few years and grown as a full, large shrub. this member of the rose family is also called california holly - and gave us the name 'hollywood'. although it is an evergreen, the late summer thru fall brings some beautifully colored leaves like this one.
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