Hooker's manzanita Ericaceae Arctostaphylos
hookeri G. Don symbol: ARHO3
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, elliptical to somewhat leanceolate, to 1 1/2 inches long, leathery, entire margins, pointed at tip and generally rounded at base, bright green above and below, often they are arranged nearly vertically.
Flower: Perfect, urn-shaped, 1/4 inch long, pinkish-white, occurring in tightly grouped hanging cluster at the ends of twigs in early spring.
Fruit: Small, less than 1/4 inch round, brick red, berry-like drupe that resembles a tiny apple, maturing in the summer and persistent.
Twig: Young twigs are yellow green and sparsely hairy, later they become dark red and smooth, buds are small and pointy.
Bark: Smooth, glossy, reddish brown.
Form: A thicket-forming low shrub that is generally one foot tall may may reach 6 feet, with numerous crooked branches.
Looks like: pointleaf manzanita
Additional Range Information: Arctostaphylos hookeri is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information