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Vick, Albert F. W.
Arctostaphylos patula Greene
Greenleaf manzanita, Green-leaf manzanita
Synonym(s): Arctostaphylos acutifolia, Arctostaphylos parryana var. pinetorum, Arctostaphylos patula ssp. platyphylla, Arctostaphylos patula var. coalescens
USDA Symbol: arpa6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Green-leaf manzanita is a spreading, much-branched shrub, 3-6 ft. tall, with several stems. Its smooth, bright, red-brown, inner bark is revealed as the outer bark shreds off. Round, evergreen leaves are bright green, and the pink, bell-shaped flowers occur in clusters.
A fire-resistant shrub often used as erosion control. Stems root where they touch the ground.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, WA Native Distribution:
Sierra Nevadas and North Coast Ranges of CA
e. to CO
& n. AZ; also Lake Co., MT Native Habitat:
Open, coniferous, mt. forests; 2000-9000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Moist CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Soil Description:
Well-drained, slightly acid soils. Conditions Comments:
A fire resistant shrub
often used as erosion control. Stems root where they touch the ground.
BenefitUse Food: Indigenous Californians used manzanita berries to make a cider-like drink.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is can be difficult. Increase can be accomplished through layering.
Seed Collection: The outer fleshy part of the furit may be removed by macering the fruits with water and separating the nutlets by flotation or air-screening.
Seed Treatment: Seeds of most Arctostaphylos species have hard seed coats and dormant embryos. Scarification (several hours in H2SO4) followed by stratification may improve germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff