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Arctostaphylos glandulosa (Eastwood's manzanita)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Arctostaphylos glandulosa

Arctostaphylos glandulosa Eastw.

Eastwood's Manzanita

Ericaceae (Heath Family)


USDA Symbol: ARGL3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An erect to spreading, usually 4-7 ft. manzanita with crooked, smooth, reddish stems and dull green, velvety leaves. Flowers are white and occur in short, spreading clusters. Berries are reddish-brown.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , Dec
Bloom Notes: White to pinkish.


Native Distribution: Outer Coast Ranges from w. Coos Co., OR to s. CA
Native Habitat: Chaparral or evergreen forests on dry, gravelly slopes & ridges; 1000-6000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, gravelly sandstone or clay
Conditions Comments: There are many natural varieties of this species. Var. campbelliae and var. crassifolia are two which are commerially available. Considered among the toughest of the manzanitas.


Use Food: Manzanita berries were used to make a refreshing, cider-like drink by indigenous peoples.
Attracts: Birds
Nectar Source: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Propagation by seed is can be difficult.
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

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

From the Archive

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Arctostaphylos glandulosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arctostaphylos glandulosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arctostaphylos glandulosa


Record Modified: 2022-10-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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