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Arctostaphylos glauca Lindl.
Bigberry Manzanita, Blue Manzanita
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Arctostaphylos glauca var. puberula
USDA Symbol: argl4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblong , Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Base: Rounded , Truncate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 25 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Dec
BenefitUse Food: Manzanita berries were used to make a refreshing, cider-like drink by indigenous peoples.
Use Other: Young branches were used by indigenous peoples to make fire drills.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Web ReferenceWebref 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
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Arctostaphylos glauca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arctostaphylos glauca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arctostaphylos glauca
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-05