Picture Sundays: Toyon in Bloom

Our young Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) had its first bloom this year. What’s so great about Toyon?

Get one for your food forest! 

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  1. DW–No scent–if memory serves me correctly they can get as high as 10 feet. This was not a volunteer–we planted it a couple of years ago.

  2. I find that I am in the minority on this plant/shrub/tree. Over the last decade they appeared out of nowhere, and have been profusely volunteering ever since. This has impacted all plantings because the toyon hordes water and overtakes all existing trees, shrubs and plants. I live up against green belt open space and I’ve never seen a coyote eat the berries from a toyon. Surely there are better options than this to attracting bees and butterflies. I’m not sure what you mean by “good insects,” but the toyon is also a carrier of the sudden Oak death pathogen.

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