Leaves are thick and leathery, broadly oval, 1 – 2 3/8 inches (2.5-6 cm) long, with smooth or coarsely serrate margins, flat or cupped to the underside. .  until I realized that SHugar bush has SHarp pointed leaves. In Chula Vista, CA there is a lemonade berry listed as a California Big Tree. Rhus ovata . Combined with sugar, the berry makes a drink not unlike lemonade. Sugar Bush. Grows in chaparral in dry canyons and south-facing slopes below 1300m. Rhus integrifolia × ovata is a hybrid of plants with 203 observations Native Americans (and non-Natives) make a lovely lemonade with the berries. Sugar Bush is the predominant species inland and Lemonade Berry more common along the coast. Phott: Linda Jones. Rhus copallina is an attractive bush that turns flaming red in the fall before losing its leaves. The Sumac family, Anacardiaceae, contains a rather odd variety of plants: the yummy, familiar mango, pistachio and cashew but also poison oak. I can’t wait to pick the berries later this year and make some California lemonade. (For more information on our unique California Floristic Province, and the many rare and endangered plants and critters found only here, see the web site Biodiversity Hotspots.). The name lemonade berry refers to a Native American practice of making a lemon-like drink by dissolving a sugary substance found on fresh berries. These are large, evergreen shrubs and can grow up to 25 ft in height and width. Sugar bush is found only in the chaparral, usually inland or at slightly higher elevations than lemonade berry. They are good on slopes for erosion control and are fire resistant, especially if you provide some summer water. Rhus ovata is native to California and Arizona in the inland Chaparral portions of the state. Just tap your finger on one of the fruits and taste the lemon tartness! Leaves are flat, round to elliptical in shape and usually serrated. Lemonade berry has thick green leaves, 1-2 inches long, with a waxy surface. Often hybridizes with Rhus ovata. It is also commonly known as Lemonade sumac. Linda Jones is a long-term gardener learning about our native plants and their interactions with wildlife.She is a member of San Diego Master Gardeners. Yes. If you live close to the coast, then lemonade berry is your choice. New growth may have a red leaf margin and vein. The trunk is short and stout, and twigs and smaller branches are noticeably thickened. . Your email address will not be published. Pretty cool. They are a good source of vitamins C and K, as well as dietary fiber. The leaves are folded up on the sides and pointed. Rhus spp. This Integrifolia, Lemonade Berry - okay for a container? Is the leaf shiny dark-green and does the leaf taper gently to a point? The dark red wood was referred to as mahogany. Leaves are different in the two species. A good rule of thumb for landscaping applications is within 5-10 miles of the coast, Lemonade Berry is a better choice. Leaves are divided. Their flowers are quite similar in appearance but the leaves of the sugar bush (potentially a much larger plant) are normally folded along the midrib and oriented facing up. Applications The high sugar content of Pink Lemonade blueberries make them ideal for fresh eating and baking. It can also grow in heavier soil than most California natives. The leaves of the sugar bush are glossy dark green, 1-3 inches long. The leaf is a dull green, long and narrow, with an abrupt tip. Being overweight can contribute to: Heart disease Diabetes Other chronic diseases . It is 16 ft high, spreads 51 ft with a trunk 55 inches in diameter. About Sugar Bush (Rhus ovata) ... (Lemonade Berry) grows closer to the coast. Foliage of deciduous types turns reddish in fall. The two species hybridize. 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