Rhus ovata is a large evergreen California native shrub with evergreen foliage. A wonderful shrub of the Chaparral plant community, Sugar Bush requires very little water once established. Make sure to plant in full sun in well-drained soils. Use Sugar Bush as a small multi-stemmed tree or a large densly-foliated background shrub. White flowers appear in Spring and the berries can be used to flavor drinks. Rhus ovata is extremely drought tolerant as well as clay tolerant. Hardy to about 15 deg. F.
Sun Exposure: Full Sun/lite Shade
Water Needs: Low
Bloom Season: Spring
Mature Height: 9-11'
Mature Width: 9-11'
Proper planting technique will help your plants thrive! Follow these simple steps to help your plants establish quickly, develop a strong root system, and live longer:
- Properly dig the hole
- Amend the soil to suit each particular plant
- Place the plant and backfill the soil
- Provide ample water for each particular plant
- Review our how to plant guide!
For detailed information, please download our planting guides:
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