Heteromeles arbutifolia
toyon

Rosaceae (rose family)
California
Heteromeles arbutifolia. From Forest Trees of the Pacific Slope, George B. Sudworth, USDA, 1907

A well-liked native shrub or small tree whose natural habitat includes the campus. Its good-looking leathery leaves are about 3 inches long with finely toothed edges. The small white flowers are not conspicuous but the red berries brighten the winter. In spring, seedlings may be dug up in many places and easily grown on. Numerous plants of natural origin can be found throughout the Arboretum and the greenbelt, usually hugging the base of another tree. The berries have been eaten both raw and cooked, and are very popular with cedar waxwings.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.