This shrub can be pruned into a quite tall hedge and should be trimmed to shape twice a year if need be. The red cherries appear in fall and are edible if you get them before the birds do! The plant is evergreen with glossy leaves that smell like almonds when crushed. The leaves and branches are useful for holiday wreathes and arrangements.
Hollyleaf cherry prefers a slightly moist soil although it does tolerate the dry desert. It is slow-growing but long-lived.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Matson, CC 3.0 license
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