If you are one of those people that say growing California native plants is difficult, try the evergreen
hollyleaf cherry, Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia. Read on, if you want to know why I think this is one of best plants for your garden. Looks are deceiving as this shiny-leaved, almost delicate-looking evergreen small tree is one of the toughest members of my plant posse. Check out these gorgeous leaves (Figure 1). Did I say blingy? Why yes, yes I did! Sparkly and blingy! I love this plant!