Beautiful copperbush


This beautiful blossom comes from the shrub known as copperbush (Elliottia pyroliflora). The common name comes from the coppery colour of the blossoms and of the bark. It’s in the Ericaceae family – along with heathers, rhododendrons and arbutus.
It used to be in a genus all its own (Cladothamnus), but a few years back, copperbush was put into Elliottia. There are only three other species in that genus – two that are native to Japan and one rare species native to the southeastern US.
On the south coast, copperbush is found growing in the subalpine, often with Rhododendron albiflorum (white-flowered rhododendron) and Menziesia ferruginea (false azalea).