Rhamnus californica 'Eve Case'

Eve Case Coffeeberry

This selection, which was introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation, has become the most popular Coffeeberry in the landscape trade. Compact and of moderate growth, it is usually under 6 feet tall. The branches are well covered with flat, dark green, shiny leaves. It has unusually large, densely clustered berries heavily tinged with red.

Wildlife value: Songbirds, including the California Bluebird, Mockingbird, Phainopepla, and California Thrasher, relish the fruits and swarm the shrubs when the berries are ripe. Several mammals, including Black Bears and Black-tailed Deer, also eat the berries and browse the foliage. Woodrats occasionally eat the seeds. Rhamnus plants also attract butterflies and beneficial insects.