Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. diversifolia. is a very slow evergreen shrub to 20 '(var planifolia has flat leaves) It needs good drainage and indirect water 1-2 times a summer after established if out of its range (prefers summer fog drip, acid sand on hard pan). Native to coastal San Diego, Baja, and in some locations as far north as Solvang. It looks like a manzanita with madrone berries, or a funny looking Toyon. A nice looking bush that is underutilized. We have not suffered cold damage at a temperature of 0 degrees F. This plant is very slow and will usually require 5 or more years to reach 5-10 feet. Associated plants are Diplacus puniceus, Xylococcus bicolor, Quercus dumosa, Lonicera subspicata var. denudata, Heteromeles arbutifolia, Artemisia californica, Baccharis pilularis, Rhus integrifolia, Calochortus splendens, and Stipa lepida.
The island form has a rolled leaf, the mainland form has a flat leaf and is called Comarostaphylis diversifolia subsp. planifolia.
Comarostaphylis diversifolia tolerates clay.
Comarostaphylis diversifolia is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Comarostaphylis diversifolia has color green and is evergreen.
Flower of Comarostaphylis diversifolia has color white.
Fruit of Comarostaphylis diversifolia is edible.
Communities for Comarostaphylis diversifolia:Chaparral.