Family:
Rosaceae
Scientific Name:
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Toxins:
cardiac glycosides
Flower Color:
Found:
gardens, upland,ornamental

Geographical Distribution

Toyon distribution - United States

Toyon

Heteromeles arbutifolia

Christmas holly, Christmas berry, Hollywood plant
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Heteromeles arbutifolia also known as Toyon, is a native evergreen shrub or tree which produces bright red fruit in the winter. It is a widely planted ornamental that is also often used as a Christmas decoration. H. arbutifolia is commonly found in the hills of Los Angeles, where it gets its nickname, 'Hollywood plant'.

Toxic components
All parts of the plant are toxic, and contain cyanogenic glycosides.