Arctostaphylos insularis Ericaceae
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree, 6-15+ ft (~2–5+ m) tall, similar spread. Bark reddish, sometimes covered with a waxy bloom. Leaves alternate, simple, spreading or erect, 2.5–4.5 cm long and 1–3 cm wide, oblong-elliptic, base often rounded, margin entire or toothed, bright green, shiny, may have hairs, smooth, surfaces dissimilar, upper darker than lower; short petiole, 4–8 mm long. Flowers white to pinkish, urn-shaped, in terminal clusters; bloom period late winter to early spring. Fruit 8–15 mm wide, slightly depressed globose, bright orange-brown.
- Sun and part sun, well-drained soil, needs occasional summer water.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to Santa Cruz Island, one of the five Channel Islands which are west of the southern California mainland.
- insularis: growing on an island.