Summer Holly - Comarstaphylis diversifolia ssp. planifolia
Native to southern California and Baja, subspecies planifolia grows on the Channel Islands and the Transverse Ranges. It is shrub or small tree (13 feet) of chaparral habitat. The gray bark is shreddy, and the tough evergreen leaves are somewhat rolled under and sometimes toothed. The creamy flowers are urn-shaped and borne in large racemes, making this a popular ornamental plant. The fruit is a red berry with a bumpy skin. Summer Holly is typically a slow-growing species although it can grow more rapidly when exposed to sun.