Arctostaphylos andersonii
Common name: 
Santa Cruz Manzanita
Anderson's Manzanita
Heartleaf Manzanita
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree, 6-15 ft (~2-5 m) tall, twigs densely covered with short bristles and with long, white, sometimes gland-tipped, bristles.  Bark smooth dark red-brown.  Leaves alternate, simple, overlapping, clasping the stem, oblong to ovate-oblong, 4-7 cm long and 1.5-2.5 cm wide, base deeply lobed (giving a heart-shaped appearance), margin serrate and may be cupped, surfaces dissimilar, upper without hairs (glabrous) and convex, the midrib on the lower surface may be bristly; very short petiole, only a few mm.  Flowers light pink, urn-shaped, crowded into terminal clusters; blooms early to late spring.  Fruit 6-–8 mm wide, finely glandular-bristly, sticky.
  • Sun, well-drained soil.  In hot areas protect from afternoon sun and provide occasional summer water.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8    Native to California; western San Francisco Bay Area, i.e., the Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • andersonii: after Dr. Charles Lewis Anderson (1827-1910), physician and naturalist of western Nevada and California
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    leaves and developing flowers

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