The berry-like pomes ripen to a rich red in winter and often persist until March. Its white flowers are borne in the late spring. There is a yellow-fruited form, named H. a. var. cerina, but this is a minor form. There is also a large-fruited form, H. a. var. macrocarpa, that occurs on the California Channel Islands. Toyon is pictured here recently at Port Costa overlooking the Carquinez Strait and a slowly greening California landscape.