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PlantFiles: Sourberry, Lemonade Berry
Rhus integrifolia

Family: Anacardiaceae (an-a-kard-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhus (roos) (Info)
Species: integrifolia (in-teg-ree-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is fire-retardant

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cnswift On Jul 10, 2006, cnswift from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This bush/tree grows wild in the open space behind my home. I trimmed a 10' tree into a rounded bush and it looks full and beautiful. (although at the time I thought I may have killed it) It sends out suckers everywhere, although I've been unsuccessful at propogation with these so far. I haven't noticed any berries, but supposedly they can be used to make a drink similar to a bitter lemonade.

Neutral palmbob On Jun 20, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

often planted around housing perimeters since it is so fire retardant. California native.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bootjack, California
Encinitas, California
La Jolla, California
Long Beach, California
Malibu, California
Manhattan Beach, California
San Diego, California
Vista, California

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