16 berry worthy plants

Suitable for sun or shade

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Strawberry tree

  • Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo)

STRAWBERRY TREE (Arbutus unedo). Puffy fruits the size of olives turn from yellow when young to red when mature. The fruits are borne at the same time as urn-shaped flowers among dark evergreen leaves. The species ranges from 8 to 35 feet tall and wide; compact varieties reach only 5 to 8 feet tall. Full sun or partial shade (essential in desert areas). Zones 4-24.

TOYON OR CALIFORNIA HOLLY (Heteromeles arbutifolia). Clusters of bright red, pea-size fruits are borne among glossy dark green leaves. Grow this evergreen as a dense shrub (6 to 10 feet tall and wide) or pruned as a single-trunk tree (15 to 25 feet tall and nearly as wide). Full sun or partial shade. Zones 5-19, 14-24.

VIBURNUM. Among the many species, these three are top performers.

V. davidii. Clusters of metallic blue fruits appear among glossy dark green leaves. This evergreen shrub reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Partial shade. Zones 4-9, 14-24.

V. opulus. Upright clusters of fleshy red fruits hang on from autumn into winter. Its dark green leaves turn yellow, red, or reddish purple in fall before dropping. This deciduous shrub reaches 8 to 15 feet tall and wide. Full sun or partial shade. Zones 1-9, 14-24, A2-A3.

V. rhytidophyllum. Clusters of fruit turn from scarlet to black as they age. Commonly called leatherleaf viburnum, it bears long, deep green leaves with wrinkled tops and fuzzy undersides. This evergreen shrub grows 8 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 12 feet wide. Tolerates deep shade. Zones 3-9, 14-24. 


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