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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonHeteromeles arbutifolia
Family common name(s)rose; rosewort; roseworts
Genus common name(s)toyon
Species common name(s)toyon; toyon bush; toyon tree; tollon; Christmas toyon; California toyon holly; California Christmas-berry; California Christmas berry; California Christmasberry; California-Christmas-berry; California Christmas-holly; California Christmas holly; California-Christmas holly; California-holly; California holly
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaChristmas-berry tree, Christmas berry, Christmasberry, California berry, Christmas holly, Christmas-holly are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcvar. macrocarpa (Munz) Munz; Heteromeles salicifolia (C. Presl) Abrams; Photinia arbutifolia Lindl.
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