Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An evergreen shrub (Heteromeles arbutifolia) in the rose family, native to California and Baja California, having leathery leaves, small white flowers in large panicles, and red berrylike fruit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Californian holly, Hetero-meles arbutifolia. Also tollon.

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  • noun a chiefly Californian ornamental evergreen shrub (Heteromeles arbutifolia) of the rose family having white flowers succeeded by red berries

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun ornamental evergreen treelike shrub of the Pacific coast of the United States having large white flowers and red berrylike fruits; often placed in genus Photinia

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish tollón.]

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Spanish tollón.

Examples

  • Mexicans were born here, among the smoky bouquets of the toyon shrub, made love on hills of elderberry, honeysuckle, and fistfuls of lilac fiesta flowers, married each other by a ring of deodar cedars, grew old walking the long, open fields of sage scrub and giant wild rye, and died in ancient forests of pine and eucalyptus.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • Mexicans were born here, among the smoky bouquets of the toyon shrub, made love on hills of elderberry, honeysuckle, and fistfuls of lilac fiesta flowers, married each other by a ring of deodar cedars, grew old walking the long, open fields of sage scrub and giant wild rye, and died in ancient forests of pine and eucalyptus.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • Mexicans were born here, among the smoky bouquets of the toyon shrub, made love on hills of elderberry, honeysuckle, and fistfuls of lilac fiesta flowers, married each other by a ring of deodar cedars, grew old walking the long, open fields of sage scrub and giant wild rye, and died in ancient forests of pine and eucalyptus.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • Mexicans were born here, among the smoky bouquets of the toyon shrub, made love on hills of elderberry, honeysuckle, and fistfuls of lilac fiesta flowers, married each other by a ring of deodar cedars, grew old walking the long, open fields of sage scrub and giant wild rye, and died in ancient forests of pine and eucalyptus.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • A ginko, and a California buckeye, to begin with, and in the back a bigleaf maple, a fig, and a toyon.

    readersguide Diary Entry

  • All lower branches had been cut from the toyon tree, leaving protrusions long enough for a determined person to get a foothold and climb the tree.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • I found a trash receptacle under the red eucalyptus, rolled it to the toyon, upended it, held onto the tree, and climbed on top.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • I found a trash receptacle under the red eucalyptus, rolled it to the toyon, upended it, held onto the tree, and climbed on top.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • I had seen nothing on his face or clothes under that toyon tree to suggest a fight, or past fights.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • He was hanging from a low branch of a native toyon tree in Alameda Park, between an Australian red eucalyptus and a Canary Island palm.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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  • Christmasberry

    December 20, 2009

  • The season's come to make us merry

    Let wassail flow and loved ones serry!

    Hang tokens of joy on

    The branches of toyon

    And dance around the Christmas berry!

    December 25, 2015