[ toi-on, -ohn ]
/ ˈtɔɪ ɒn, -oʊn /

an evergreen, rosaceous shrub or small tree, Heteromeles arbutifolia (or Photinia arbutifolia), of California and northern Mexico, having clusters of small, white flowers and bright red berries.

Origin of toyon

1840–50, Americanism; variant of tollon < Mexican Spanish tollón
Also called Christmas berry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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