Calflora
Taxon  Report   10902    
Frangula californica  (Eschsch.) A. Gray
California coffeeberry
Frangula californica
© 2001 Lynn Overtree
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Frangula californica
© 2017 James Gonsman
Frangula californica
© 2012 Michael Perlmutter
Frangula californica, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Frangula californica
© 2009 Keith Gagomiros
Communities: Coastal Strand, Northern Coastal Scrub, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Redwood Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland, Creosote Bush Scrub

Toxicity: MINOR, DERMATITIS

Habitat: canyons, coastal, slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Rhamnus californica
ICPN: Rhamnus tomentella
More information about  Frangula californica
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (FRCA12)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 17, 2018).