Comarostaphylis diversifolia
"Summer Holly"

Comarostaphylis diversifolia “Summer Holly" Comarostaphylis diversifolia “Summer Holly"

photo: (left) Cliff Hutson (right & below) JG in SF

Native to California’s coastal chapparal north of Santa Barbara & south to Baja, this totally DROUGHT TOLERANT Manzanita relative is easier to grow than many of the fussy Manzanitas out there.  Sporting lily-of-the-valley like flowers January through April, followed by beautiful bright red berries birds adore & gorgeous, toothy evergreen glossy leaves, it’s a native garden must have. Peeling red/grey bark is pretty, too! Slowly forms an evergreen shrub that eventually reaches small tree status topping out at 20’, but it’s prunable if you want to keep it smaller. Expect it to take five years to reach 5-10 feet. To 8' wide. In nature it survives Summer on coastal fog drip alone, but occasional Summer irrigation is okay once established.

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Comarostaphylis diversifolia “Summer Holly"

Low Water
deer resistant drought tolerant


Shrub/Small Tree
USDA Zones 8-11