Vine Hill manzanita Ericaceae Arctostaphylos
densiflora M.S. Baker
|Leaf: Simple, alternate, evergreen, ovate to elliptical, to 1 1/2 inches long, leathery, entire margins, Wedge-shaped at tip and base, young leaves and petioles pubescent, becoming dark green.
Flower: Perfect, urn-shaped, 1/4 inch long, pinkish-white, occurring in tightly grouped hanging cluster at the ends of twigs in late winter to early spring.
Fruit: Small, 1/4 inch round, brick red, berry-like drupe that resembles a tiny apple, maturing in the summer and persistent.
Twig: Young twigs are pink-green and hairy, later they become dark red and smooth.
Bark: Commonly exfoliating to reveal a smooth, glossy, reddish brown, very attractive bark.
Form: A low, dense, mounding shrub to 6 feet.
Looks like: green manzanita
- hairy manzanita
- whiteleaf manzanita
| Additional Range Information:
Arctostaphylos densiflora is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Vine Hill manzanita.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson