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)

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

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)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

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)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

This plant is fire-retardant

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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