Heteromeles arbutifolia http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/753/all en California Holly: How Hollywood Didn't Get its Name http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/california-holly-how-hollywood-didnt-get-its-name <p>In Nancy Dale&rsquo;s 1986 epic tome of Southern California native plants, <em>Flowering Plants</em>, she has this to say about Toyon &mdash; aka California Holly, Christmas Berry, or, if you&rsquo;re a botanist, Heteromeles arbutifolia:</p> <p>&ldquo;It is thought that masses of this native shrub growing on the hills above Hollywood gave the community its name.&rdquo;</p> <p>This idea of floral origins for Hollywood is romantic. It&rsquo;s also not true. Hollywood got its name for a much more mundane reason: someone wealthy liked the sound of it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/california-holly-how-hollywood-didnt-get-its-name" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/california-holly-how-hollywood-didnt-get-its-name#comments California Holly Carol Bornstein Christmas Berry Daeida Wilcox European Holly Harvey Wilcox Heteromeles arbutifolia Hollywood Hollywood sign Ilex aquifolium Toyon Toyonwood Blog Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:09:45 +0000 Lila Higgins 830 at http://www.nhm.org/nature