- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, erect, often about a 3 ft or more (~1 m) high, but known to reach over 13 ft
(4 m) tall; bark is red or grayish, rough, small twigs covered with dense pubescence and long white bristles.
Leaves alternate, simple, 2-4 cm long and 1-2 cm wide, ovate to triangular-ovate, strongly overlapping
base deeply lobed and clasping the stem, tip pointed, margin reddish, entire to toothed,
cupped or rolled, upper surface gray to dark green, lower surface lighter color, midvein bristly.
Flowers appear in winter, pink to nearly white, urn-shaped, in large loose clusters. Fruit
a drupe, 6-8 mm wide.
- Sun or light shade. Best on well-drained soils
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to California's north-central Central Coast,
south San Francisco Bay Area (Pajaro Hills); a Chaparral plant.
- Several cultivars are offered in the California nursery trade:
- 'Brett's Beauty' - pink flowers, coppery-red new foliage.
- 'Myrtle Wolf' - rosy-pink flowers, bronzy new growth.
- 'Paradise' - sprawling, pink flowers, new growth bronze-red, mature leaves blue-green.
- 'Warren Roberts' - pink-tinged flowers, coppery new growth, slate-blue mature leaves
- pajaroensis: a reference to one of its native sites in the Monteray Bay region.