Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Berries

Christmas Eve and there are abundant berries on the Toyon. This native Californian plant is valuable for a number of reasons:
  • Berries provide food for many species of birds and animals
  • Flowers are a good source of nectar and pollen for bees
Drought tolerant and frost tolerant
  • Fire resistant with some summer irrigation
  • Excellent erosion control on slopes

Here's an informative link about Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)

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