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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Arctostaphylos pungens Kunth
Pointleaf manzanita, Mexican Manzanita
USDA Symbol: arpu5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Rounded shrub, often forming dense thickets. Branches with smooth red-brown bark.
A number of small mammals and ground birds eat the berries of this plant.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Complexity: Simple Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb
AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT Native Distribution:
Across the Southwest from California and Nevada to Texas. Native Habitat:
and sagebrush communities, pinyon-juniper woods, drained sandy to gravelly areas, canyons, lower mountain slopes. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitUse Wildlife: Berries consumed by mammals and birds.
Use Food: Manzanita berries were used to make a refreshing, cider-like drink by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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, CA
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Record Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff