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Arctostaphylos pringlei

Arctostaphylos pringlei Parry

Pringle Manzanita, Pinkbract Manzanita

Ericaceae (Heath Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A gray-green leaved shrub from 4-6 ft. which sometime forms impenetrable thickets. The flowers are small, white to pinkish, and bell-shaped, occuring in clusters. They are followed by red berries. The bark is smooth and mahogany-colored.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. CA, extreme s.w. UT & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry, mountain slopes; 4000-7500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: A valuable plant for erosion control. Because stems root where they touch the ground, a thick mat may be created. This can be a problem if one is attempting to grow other, less competitive, plants on the site.


Use Wildlife: Birds, bears and other animals eat the fruits.
Use Food: Manzanita berries were used to make a refreshing, cider-like drink by indigenous peoples.
Attracts: Birds
Nectar Source: yes

From the Archive

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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