Lyonothamnus Floribundus var. asplenifolius
Common Names: catalina ironwood, santa cruz island ironwood
Type: Evergreen tree
Size: 20-60 ft. high; 15-35 ft. wide.
Flowers: Small white flowers in flat sprays, late spring to early summer; narrow leaves are dark green on top, gray and hairy underneath, and lobed. Bark is red and peels.
Uses: Shade for other plants, color and shape accent, background. Tolerates salt spray, wind. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Habitat, seeds for birds and other animals.
Soil: Must be well-drained.
Water: Low water in summer.
Sun: Full sun to afternoon shade in heat.
Pruning: Prune off old flower sprays and to shape in winter.
Pests & Diseases: Chlorosis in heavier soils. Aphids may be problem.
Notes: Bark is untidy. Leaves can get caught in understory plants. L. floribundus var. asplenifolius has more deeply-lobed leaves than L. floribundus. Not good in heat. Hardy to 15°F.