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Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia


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Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia

  1. 1. * Baja Birdbush – Ornithostaphylos oppositifolia (or-ni-tho-STAF-i-los op-os-i-ti-FO- lee-a ) Family: Ericaceae (Heath Family) Native to: San Diego County & N. Baja; in chaparral from 200-2500'. Rare in the wild. woody shrub mature height: 8-10 ft. mature width: 8-10 ft. Large, erect evergreen woody shrub with many branches. Young bark cinnamon red peels away in sheets to reveal white-gray inner bark – very unusual and decorative. Leaves elongated, narrow, leathery with rolled edges. Leaves dark green above, lighter below. Very pretty shrub. Moderate growth rate in garden setting – slow in nature. Growth characteristics: Blooms in early spring – Jan to April depending on weather. Flowers like those of related Manzanita species – small, white, urn-shaped flowers in drooping clusters. Fruits are also like those of Manzanita – small, apple-like and loved by fruit-eating birds. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Most often used as a specimen or accent plant due to its showy bark. Can be pruned up as a small tree. Can be used as a hedge plant – particularly for its habitat value. Sometimes grown in large pots/containers. Sensible substitute for: Non-native large shrubs/small trees like Oleander, Melaleuca. Excellent habitat plant: nectar attracts hummingbirds & other pollinators; provides cover and fruits for birds. Attracts: Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to part-shade. Tolerates high temperatures. Well-drained soils a must; local pH fine. Best with occasional summer water – Water Zone 1-2 to 2. None needed. Management: Manzanita. Fairly low maintenance. Can prune to shape (if desire) in summer. Propagation: from seed: probably needs smoke/fire treatment Treat like a by cuttings: ?? Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 20, 25 7/29/12 © Project SOUND