Today, I saw a toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) that looked very much
like your photo. It had the same mass of berries, and the leaves were
slightly toothed. Toyon and cotoneaster are both in the rose family as
is pyracantha, another shrub with masses of red berries.
I think manzanita is in the heather family. One way to distinguish it
is that it has small urn-shaped, white or pink flowers. Toyon,
cotoneaster, and pyracantha have tiny flowers that resemble single roses
(if you get close enough to see them); the only flowers that I have seen
were white but so small that they were almost unnoticed.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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