pointleaf manzanita Ericaceae Arctostaphylos pungens
Leaf:Alternate, simple, evergreen, ovate to elliptical, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, leathery, entire margins, pointed at tip and generally rounded at base, blue 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, 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 hairy, later they become dark red and smooth, buds are small and pointy.
Bark:Commonly exfoliating to reveal a smooth, glossy, reddish brown, very attractive bark.
Form:A thicket forming, large bush (up to 8 feet) with numerous crooked branches, typically a bit more upright with a narrower crown than most other manzanitas.