Leaf: Alternate, simple, persistent. Small (1 to 1 1/2 inches long), leathery, and elliptical to broadly ovate in shape; entire margins. Both leaf surfaces have distinct bluish-white bloom. Petiole short.
Flower: Perfect, urn-shaped, white to pink and borne in small terminal clusters with sticky stems.
Fruit: Small (1/4 inch in diameter), round, light red, berry-like drupe that resembles a tiny apple.
Twig: Stiff and rigid; become smooth and reddish brown as bark exfoliates.
Bark: Smooth and reddish brown; exfoliates.
Form: A large bushy evergreen shrub with stiff, gnarly branches; reaches 9 feet tall.
Looks like: bigberry manzanita - green manzanita - kinnikinick - hairy manzanita
Additional Range Information: Arctostaphylos viscida is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. Download the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDAFS FEIS Silvics - 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