Comarostaphylis diversifolia

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Comarostaphylis diversifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Comarostaphylis
Species: C. diversifolia
Binomial name
Comarostaphylis diversifolia
(Parry) Greene

Comarostaphylis diversifolia, known by the common names summer holly and California comarostaphylos, is a species of shrub in the heath family. [1]

It is native to Southern California and northern Baja California, where it grows in coastal chaparral habitat.


Comarostaphylis diversifolia is an erect shrub which can exceed 4 metres (13 ft) in height. Its bark is gray and shreddy and the tough, evergreen leaves are oval in shape and sometimes toothed.

The inflorescence is a raceme of urn-shaped flowers very similar to those of the related shrubs, the manzanitas. The fruit is a bright red, juicy drupe with a bumpy skin.


There are two subspecies:

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