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Comarostaphylis diversifolia, photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic
Comarostaphylis diversifolia, photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic

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Comarostaphylis diversifolia

Summer Holly
Ericaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

Native to coastal Southern California and Baja California, this rather formal plant grows to6–18 ft. high and 4–8 ft. wide.Its leathery, 1–3-in.-long leavesare shiny dark green above,white and hairy beneath, within-rolled margins. (VarietyC. d. planifolia has flat leaves.) Small, white, bell-shaped flowers appear in spring, followed by clusters of red, warty berries similar to those of madrone (Arbutus menziesii).

Needs little pruning, but some thinning improves appearance. Water occasionally outside ofits native coastal range.

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