minniebush Ericaceae Menziesia pilosa
Leaf:Alternate, simple, deciduous, pinnately veined, obovate to elliptical, 1 1/2 to 4 inches long, dark green above and paler below, margin finely ciliate and entire, coarse pubescent above, below, and on the petiole, with a uniquely white tip.
Flower:Urn-shaped, 1/4 inch, yellow to orange-pink, borne in few-flowered clusters appearing May to July.
Fruit:An oblong woody capsule, coarse pubescent, 1/4 inch long, splits into 4 segments when mature, mid to late summer.
Twig:Slender, reddish brown, coarsely pubescent, buds occur in clusters at ends of twigs.
Bark:Red-brown to gray-brown, thin, becomes shreddy.
Form:Upright shrub that may reach 6 feet tall. Twigs often appear in whorls from central stem.