Prunus ilicifolia subsp. lyonii
Common Names: catalina cherry
Type: Tall shrub or tree
Size: 15 to 25 ft. high and wide; to 45 ft. in wild.
Flowers: Small white flowers on spikes, late spring, round dark red to black fruit; leaves are oval, 3-5 in. long, light green when new to deep green.
Uses: Screen, hedge, small tree, in heat. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Habitat, fruit, and nectar. Deer resistant.
Soil: Must be well-drained.
Sun: Full sun to some shade.
Pruning: Prune to shape for tree or hedge.
Pests & Diseases: Susceptible to root rot, rust, verticillium, and virus. Resists oak root fungus.
Notes: Watch for bird-dispersed seedlings. Native to Channel Islands off California coast. Part of chaparral plant community. Grows largest in canyons and protected areas. Fruit stains walks. Hardy to 10° F.