Regional Native Plants of Particular Interest: Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. diversifolia

(click on underlined title to see more)Comarostaphylis div. div., closely related to Arbutus unedo, aka Strawberry Tree.  Blooms in Spring, though can be a little earlier or later depending on the individual and location.  With adequate water can grow up to about 15 to 20 feet, possibly more.  Domesticated plants can grow at least 10 feet a decade with adequate water.  Top photo also has Yucca schidigera front center and right, Cneoridium dumosum center between Com. and Yucca, Salvia mellifera at right, Malosma laurina at lower left corner, and Quercus dumosa left and right sides; in north Kearny Mesa. Photo at left off of Fairmount Ave; notice lighter colored new growth, Comarostaphylis plants making an arc from right-front to back-a-ways center; photo also has Scrub Oak - Quercus dumosa -, at left a tall one, and smaller one forward of it regrowing from having been cut back to the ground(coppiced), a small one slightly right of center, and one or two behind the Comarostaphylis on the right half of photo.  And, slightly left of center, one small re-sprouting Toyon after having been coppiced.  And lastly, a Lemonade Berry at far right center edge of photo. Photo at left, north Del Mar Torrey Pines, Comarostaphylis in flower, Lemonade Berry at right, Salvia mellifera front left.

Comarostaphylis div. div. with mature red fruit.  It's kind of like a mini Arbutus unedo fruit, but with just one seed, which is about 1/2 the diameter of the fruit.

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