Arctostaphylos pungens
Common name: 
Ponitleaf Manzanita
Mexican Manzanita
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Evergreen shrub, 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) tall, forms large clumps and thickets as branches often root when in contact with the soil.  Trunks mahogany colored, exfoliating, but branches are covered with pubescence and having a yellow-green to grayish appearance.  The branches are reddish, similar to those of Arctostaphylos patula (Green Manzanita).  Leaves alternate, simple, erect, 2-4.5 cm long, elliptical to lanceolate, wedge-shaped base, pointed tip, entire margins, leathery, both surface are pale bluish-green due to a fine covering of hairs.  Flowers white and pinkish, about 6 mm, urn-shaped, waxy, in dense clusters.  Fruit 6 mm across, chestnut brown to terra cotta, shiny, flattened spheres.
  • Sun, tolerates alkaline soils, sand, clay.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5    Native range from Texas west to Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, south in Mexico to Oaxaca.
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