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Comarostaphylis diversifolia (Parry) Greene
Summer Holly, Summer-blooming Manzanita, Mock Arbutus, Mock Arbute
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
USDA Symbol: CODI3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A slow-growing, evergreen shrub or tree usually to 20 ft. tall. Attractive features include shiny leaves, white flowers, red berries and shredded bark.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Up to about 30 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Native Distribution: Coastal s. CA and adjacent Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes; coastal chaparral
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: This plant will require five or more years to reach 5-10 ft.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is possible. Fresh seed requires no treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Comarostaphylis diversifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Comarostaphylis diversifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Comarostaphylis diversifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff