Cascara (Rhamnus purshiana)
Cascara foliage turns yellow to orange-red in fall.
This small native tree boasts small flowers and purple fruit that feed many native birds. While it's frequently overlooked, it's a highly adaptable tree that will work well under power lines or in a smaller yard. Its foliage turns brilliant yellow in autumn.
Power Line Approved: Yes
Min. street tree planting width: 5 feet
Mature Height: 25 feet
Mature Spread: 20 feet
Tree Shape: Upright oval
Where to Plant:
A perfect tree for smaller planting strips under power lines. Can also be used for small yard spaces.
Dark green oval shaped leaves turning yellow to orange-red in the fall.
Small and insignificant greenish-white flowers favored by butterflies.
Small purple-black beads that attract many native birds.
Preferred Site Conditions:
Works in a wide variety of conditions from wet to dry, sun to shade. Cascara will grow best in a partly sunny location with well-drained soils.
Very few pest and disease problems, however aphids can be a nuisance.
Cascara berries attract many native birds.
Minimum Planting Distances:
- 15 feet from house or building
- 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
- 5 feet from underground utility lines
- 10 feet from power poles
- 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
- 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
- 30 feet from street intersections
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