Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to toyon: laurel sumac, coyote bush


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. Also called Christmas berry.

[American Spanish tollón, toyón, from Ohlone (Penutian language of the San Francisco Bay region) tottcon.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Plants) a shrub related to the rose which has white flowers and red berries and which grows on the Pacific coast of the United States
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toyon - ornamental evergreen treelike shrub of the Pacific coast of the United States having large white flowers and red berrylike fruitstoyon - 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
genus Heteromeles, Heteromeles - one species: toyon; in some classifications included in genus Photinia
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
tentaculata was subsequently detected on toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), coffeeberry (Frangula californica) and sage (Salvia spp.) in nurseries and at restoration sites in several California counties (Rooney-Latham et al.
Toyon means Chief, and her parting words would influence Baranov: "Toyon of my heart," she said, "my love is with you, and God's love, too--but remember, God loves the Tlingit also." It was an idea that had never occurred to him.
For a while, the hills were scattered with the blazes of bright red toyon berries.
The members that are listed on the AUVSI website as supporters of the Code of Conduct are: American Aerospace Airborne Systems Group, Arcturus UAV, Aviation Management, CAV Ice Protection, Cochise College, Domaille Engineering LLC, Dragonfly Pictures Inc., FreeWave, INSITU, ISR Group, Kawak Aviation Technologies, Mesa County Sheriff's Office--Colorado, Reactel, Incorporated, Tiffin Technologies, Toyon Research Corporation, UAV MarketSpace, and XRDi.
lobata), aliso (Platanus racemosa), pino de Monterrey (Pinus radiata), pino blanco (Crataegus sp.), y toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia); tambien coloca sus nidos en especies introducidas como pirul (Schinus molle), aguacate (Persea gratissima), naranjo (Citrus sinensis), eucalipto (Eucaliptus masculata) y olivo (Olea eusopaea) (Peyton 1915; DeGroot 1928; Pickwell 1930; Dixon et al., 1957; Henny & Annear 1978).
Dominant plant species at the reserve include interior live oak (Quercus wislizeni), blue oak (Quercus douglasii), chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), and mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides).
Eastern Oregon Anthology: A Sense of Place, and Toyon. In 2014, she was
WHILE "SILICON VALLEY" CO-Creator Mike Judge and showrunner Alec Berg have been devising the outlandish goings-on and shenanigans on the hit HBO comedy, production designer Richard Toyon and his right-hand woman, art director Oana Bogdan, have been busy making the interiors and exteriors look exactly like those in the actual Silicon Valley
Taller accents could be cordyline, flannel bush, or toyon. Limit your palette to a few plants, and group them in swaths to avoid a checkerboard look.
7 Sep Royce Canyon, Griffith Park Drive, Toyon North Landfill.