Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. diversifolia
From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Comarostaphylis diversifolia var. diversifolia
Common Name: San Diego Summer Holly
- Little seen, but highly attractive shrub for chaparral or woodland garden. Shiny leaves, beautiful bark, and red berries attract birds. Water deeply once a month in the summer. Recommended as specimen.
- Plant Family: Ericaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 10' H x 8' W
- Growth Habit: Upright and broad
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun; Inland: Part sun"
- Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: White
- Endangered?: List 1B/RED 2-2-2
- Distribution: South Coast, Peninsular Range, Northern Baja
- Natural Habitat: Dry slopes in coastal Chaparral
- Care and Maintenance
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rare and beautiful shrub found on the islands off the coast of Southern California and also on the mainland in the Santa Monica Mountains. It somewhat resembles the Arbutus unedo of our gardens in general appearance. Leaves shining green and serrated edge; flowers urn-shaped, pinkish white, followed by large, dropping clusters of attractive dark red berries which appear in late summer. Gallon cans, $1.00; 5 gallon cans, $2.50."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.