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Gardening sheet comarostaphylis diversifolia

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Gardening sheet comarostaphylis diversifolia

  1. 1. Summer Holly – Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. planifolia (ko-mar-oh-STAF-i-lis di-ver-si-FO-lee-a plan-i-FOE-lee-a) Family: Ericaceae (Heath Family) Los Angeles & Santa Barbara Counties, including Channel Islands; uncommon in Chaparral or Coastal Scrub. Native to: woody shrub/tree mature height: 6-20+ ft. mature width: 5-10+ ft. Erect, evergreen shrub to tree. Leaves are evergreen, glossy green above, thick, edged with fine sharp teeth. Neat-looking – somewhat like Toyon. Slow-growing. Growth characteristics: Blooms Mar-May. Small white bell-shaped flowers in clusters. showy bight to dark red fruits in late summer/fall. Fruits are edible. Blooms/fruits: Clusters of very Uses in the garden: Most commonly used as an accent plant for it’s attractive form, leaves, flowers and berries. Valuable as a background, narrow screen or hedge plant. Lightly shredding reddish bark adds to the ornamental value. Excellent shrub for habitat garden. Fire resistant. Sensible substitute for: Non-native Mediterranean Strawberry Tree (Arbutus Unedo), Cotoneaster, Ligustrum, Myoporum, Oleander, Photinia. Does better than Toyon or Manzanita in wetter spots. Flowers attract native pollinators. berry-eating birds. Attracts: Excellent bird habitat: provides cover and fruits for Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to part-shade; best in full sun near coast Any well-drained, including amended clays; pH: 6-8 More tolerant of some summer water than some native shrubs; water thoroughly once a month after established. None needed May be difficult to establish – slow-growing. Prune to shape. Very resistant to fungal diseases that plague Toyon and Manzanitas. Management: Propagation: from seed: fresh seed best; slow-growing by cuttings: probably Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20 11/26/10 © Project SOUND

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