Botanical Name: Rhus ovata Add
Common Name: Sugar Bush  
Plant photo of: Rhus ovata
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Pink, Red


Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This dense, rounded evergreen shrub grows 8'-15' tall and wide, with creamy flowers between March and May. The shrub bears small red fruit. It grows well in inland areas and is drought tolerant. The foliage is leathery and rich looking and dark green in color. It needs additional water in low desert areas every 2 weeks or plant in area with afternoon shade. It needs a well drained site. It is susceptible to verticillium wilt in wet areas.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.