green manzanita Ericaceae Arctostaphylos patula
Leaf:Alternate, simple, persistent; 1 to 2 inches long, leathery, and ovate to elliptical; entire margins, green and smooth on both surfaces, often orient themselves perpendicular to the sun's rays.
Flower:Perfect, urn-shaped, pinkish-white and borne in small terminal clusters.
Fruit:Small (1/4 inch in diameter), round, smooth, berry-like drupe that resembles a tiny apple, reddish brown to black.
Twig:Mature twigs are smooth and dark reddish brown.
Bark:Smooth and brown on young stems but dark reddish brown and exfoliating on older stems.
Form:A moderate-sized bushy evergreen shrub (growing to 6 feet) with stiff, gnarly branches.