Catalina Ironwood

Lyonothamnus floribundus
ROSACEAE, the Rose family

Native to Southern California, this drought tolerant evergreen is hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, it looked pretty happy in Hoyt Arboretum today despite the recent weather here. The leaves remind me of Comptonia, rather fern-like but leathery. And they had some winter color, burgundy tones through the new growth. It can grow in sun or partial shade.

This tree – it grows 20 to 30 feet tall or more – has good seasonal interest. The clusters of small, spirea- like flowers are white, and it has interesting reddish peeling bark. I read on one website that deer like to browse it.

I’m not sure if this tree is available locally, but I’d like to find out. It’s beautiful!

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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