Arctostaphylos insularis
Common name: 
Island Manzanita
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree, 6-15+ ft (~2-5+ m) tall, similar spread.  Bark reddish, sometimes covered with a waxy bloom.  Leaves alternate, simple, spreading or erect, 2.5-4.5 cm long and 1-3 cm wide, oblong-elliptic, base often rounded, margin entire or toothed, bright green, shiny, may have hairs, smooth, surfaces dissimilar, upper darker than lower; short petiole, 4-8 mm long.  Flowers white to pinkish, urn-shaped, in terminal clusters; bloom period late winter to early spring.  Fruit 8-15 mm wide, slightly depressed globose, bright orange-brown.
  • Sun and part sun, well-drained soil, needs occasional summer water.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8    Native to Santa Cruz Island, one of the five Channel Islands which are west of the southern California mainland.
  • insularis: growing on an island.
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