Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. diversifolia

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Comarostaphylis diversifolia var. diversifolia
Comarostaphylis diversifolia var. diversifolia
Comarostaphylis diversifolia var. diversifolia

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

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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.