Arctostaphylos rudis
Common name: 
Shag Bark Manzanita
Sand Mesa Manzanita
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-6+ ft (~1-2 m) tall, greater spread.  Bark grayish, rough, persistent as flat shreds; twigs tomentose.  Leaves alternate, simple, erect, 1-3 cm long and 1-2 cm wide, more or less elliptic, base wedge-shaped to rounded, tip rounded or acute, margin entire but ciliate, surfaces similar, smooth, bright green, shiny, sometimes slightly fuzzy but often becoming glabrous (without hairs); petiole 3-8 mm.  Flowers white to pinkish, urn-shaped, crowded into terminal clusters; bloom period from early winter to early spring.  Fruit 8-14 mm wide, slightly depressed globose, reddish brown, without hairs.
  • Sun, well-drained soil, needs occasional summer water.  Does well in coastal gardens.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8    Native to the central coast of California.  Found in maritime chaparral and coastal scrub habitats on sandy soils.
  • rudis: rough, presumably a reference to the bark.
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    plant habit, flowering

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    leaves and flowers

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    branch, trunk, bark