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Arctostaphylos nevadensis

Arctostaphylos nevadensis A. Gray

Pinemat Manzanita

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Arctostaphylos pungens ssp. nevadensis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low-growing ground cover with dark-green, evergreen foliage, red stems and pendulous, pale-pink, spring flowers. The shrub grows 10-18 in. high and spreads 3-5 ft. by means of freely rooting from the intricately branched stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CA , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Sierras & North Coast Ranges of CA to NV & WA
Native Habitat: Moist, open mt. woods; 2000-10,000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained, slightly acid soils.
Conditions Comments: This species needs the winter climate and snow cover of its native, high altitude range.


Use Food: Indigenous Californians used the berries to make a cider-like drink.
Attracts: Birds

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: Increase by tip cuttings taken from November to March. 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

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From the National Organizations Directory

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

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-11-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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