One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen Californian shrub of the rose family, the fruiting branches of which are used for Christmas decorations.
Heteromeles arbutifolia, family Rosaceae
- ‘Other good greens for fresh display include camellia, citrus, eucalyptus, holly, nandina, pine, pyracantha, red-wood, toyon, and Western red cedar.’
- ‘Our home is at the southwestern tip of the valley, nestled among the lace-lichen laden oaks, bay laurel, mountain mahogany, ceanothus and toyon which typify this classically central coast California oak woodland.’
- ‘The gardens look lush; toyons and hollies bow under the weight of their brilliant scarlet berries, and the rosemary and jasmine are starred with constellations of blossoms.’
- ‘Drought-tolerant shrubs range from manzanita, cotoneaster and rockrose to toyon, huckleberry and other varieties of ceanothus.’
- ‘Almost all houses contained fresh leaves of one or more of the four species of interest - California bay, interior live oak, coast live oak, and toyon.’
Mid 19th century: from Mexican Spanish tollón.
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