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.
- ‘Other good greens for fresh display include camellia, citrus, eucalyptus, holly, nandina, pine, pyracantha, red-wood, toyon, and Western red cedar.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Drought-tolerant shrubs range from manzanita, cotoneaster and rockrose to toyon, huckleberry and other varieties of ceanothus.’
Mid 19th century: from Mexican Spanish tollón.
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