Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia

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Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia
Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia

Species Name: Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia
Common Name: Baja Birdbush or Palo Blanco

Attractive small tree with narrow leaves and white flowers. The smooth bark makes it a good specimen tree. Rare in California.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-10' H x 8' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: List 2 / RED 3-3-1
Distribution: South Coast (San Diego); Northern Baja California.
Natural Habitat: Chaparral from 180-2500'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.