Arctostaphylos columbiana
Common name: 
Hairy Manzanita
Pronunciation: 
ark-tow-STAF-i-los kol-LUM-bee-an-a
Family: 
Ericaceae
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-10 ft (0.9-3 m) tall, upright, branching from the base or single stemmed, smooth rust colored bark.  Leaves alternate, simple, ovate to oblong, 2-7 cm long, thick, acute at apex, rounded to obtuse at base, tomentose when young, becoming glabrous and gray-green, petiole 3-7 mm.  Flowers small, pendulous pale pink to nearly white, produced in spring.  Fruit a flattened sphere, light red, 8 mm.
  • Sun to light shade, requires acid soils.  Works well with other ericaceous plants such as huckleberries (Vaccinium) and salal (Gautheria shallon).
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7      Native to the low coastal mountains from Southern British Columbia to central California.
  • A low growing, compact, red-barked form known as ‘Oregon Hybrid’ is offered in some nurseries.
  • columbiana: of or from North America
  • Corvallis: front of house at 211 16th St., between Jackson and Van Buren.
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