An evergreen shrub or small tree 6 to 18 ft high; young shoots whitish with down. Leaves 1 to 21⁄2 in. long, oval to oblong, the base tapered, the apex blunt to rounded, finely toothed, glabrous and shining above, white-downy beneath, margins revolute; stalk 1⁄4 in. long. Flower white, 1⁄4 in. across, borne on terminal pendulous racemes 3 to 41⁄2 in. long; stalks and calyx downy, ovary densely hairy. Fruit red, berry-like, subglobose, 1⁄4 in. wide, consisting of a three- to five-celled stone densely covered with pulpy granules.
Native of S. California; it was introduced to Kew before 1896 and flowered there in March and April, but is not in the collection at the present time. It is tender.
From the Supplement (Vol. V)
This is one of a few species, mostly Mexican, which have been detached from Arctostaphylos to form the genus Comarostaphylis, differing from it chiefly in having minutely warted (papillate) fruits, as in Arbutus.