Rhamnus californica ‘San Bruno’


By November 2, 2022
Close up of red berries and elliptical green leaves on a Rhamnus californica 'San Bruno', Coffeeberry shrub

About Rhamnus californica ‘San Bruno’ (Coffeeberry)

This compact California native plant is called Rhamnus californica ‘San Bruno’. Commonly known as Coffeeberry, this evergreen shrub is different than its relatives in that it is more compact but grows much wider reaching an average mature landscape size of 3-4′ tall by 6-8 feet wide. Its green leaves, elliptic in shape, welcome inconspicuous flowers in the spring followed by green berries that age to red before turning black when ripe. A favorite for birds, this variety that also invites local butterflies.

Planting and care instructions

Plant Rhamnus californica ‘San Bruno’ in an area that receives full sun to partial shade using well draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help establish its roots, then reduce frequency. Once established, this shrub is drought tolerant and can withstand the harsh dry California summers with ease. Its tough characteristics also include being cold hard to temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Landscape design ideas

Coffeeberry is an excellent choice to cover large open areas, it’s easy care and drought tolerance make it an obvious choice for all California landscape designs but it is also a practical choice for city medians, parking lots and parks. For those seeking a similar shrub with a more rounded growth habit, Rhamnus californica ‘Eve Case’ is a logical alternative.

Botanical Name: Rhamnus californica 'San Bruno'

Common Name: Coffeeberry

Average Landscape Size: 3-4'x6-8'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Inconspicuous

Berry Color: Black

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Shrub

Sizes: 1 & 5 gallon

Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Low Maintenance, Year-round Interest,