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!