Scientific Name

Heteromeles arbutifolia (Lindl.) M.Roem.

Family 

Rosaceae

General

       Information on the ethnobotany of this species in Southern California can be found here.

CI

     This attractive tree is used as a landscaping plant on campus, notably on the slope between the Library and the Town Center.  Only one tree has been encountered in the natural areas, above (to the east) of Camarillo Drive.  The above ground portion of this individual were destroyed in the fire (as was nearly all above ground vegetation around CI), but the tree is recovering (see photographs below).

References

More on this species at Calflora.               

The Jepson Manual (2012:  1179, Heteromeles by James B. Phipps).           

Dale (200:  170)    

McAuley (1996:  494).

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 Heteromeles arbutifolia looking roughly south, on slope above Camarillo Drive to north of CI campus.  Note the dense, pre-fire vegetation (12 April 2013).

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 Heteromeles arbutifolia on slope above Camarillo Drive to north of CI campus (10 April 2013).

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Heteromeles arbutifolia looking roughly north, on slope above Camarillo Drive to north of CI campus.  Note the dense, pre-fire vegetation.  Camarillo in the background (15 February 2013).

 

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 Heteromeles arbutifolia on slope above Camarillo Drive to north of CI campus (1 June 2015).

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Heteromeles arbutifolia same tree as seen in the photographs above, this one 2 years post-fire, looking roughly north (1 June 2015).