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Arctostaphylos columbiana Piper
Synonyms: Arctostaphylos columbiana var. tracyi, Arctostaphylos tracyi
USDA Symbol: ARCO3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This is an erect, much-branched, 5-10 ft. shrub with fuzzy, light-green foliage on a broadly spreading, oval crown. Evergreen leaves clothe the end of each twig, leaving the rest of the branching system naked. Bark is smooth and dark, red-brown. Flower clusters are short and dense with whitish-pink corollas. Berries are bright red and slightly velvety. A gnarled shrub of the coniferous forest understory.
Black Bears, deer, coyotes, and other mammals eat the fruits of this shrub, which is most abundant in southern Oregon. Difficult to grow
Beautiful evergreen shrub, resembles Arbutus.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
CA , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Coastal areas from n. CA to s. B.C. Native Habitat:
Dry, wooded, rocky or clay slopes below 2500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade , Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry , Moist Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) CaCO3 Tolerance:
None Soil Description:
Dry, rocky or sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
One of the faster growing manzanitas.eautiful evergreen shrub,
BenefitUse Food: Manzanita berries were used to make a refreshing, cider-like drink by indigenous peoples.
Use Other: Young shoots were used by indigenous peoples to make fire drills.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationDescription: Hormone-treated cuttings in sand-peat are effective for propagation. Propagation by seed is can be difficult.
Seed Collection: The outer fleshy part of the furit may be removed by macering the fruits with water and separating the nutlets by flotation or air-screening.
Seed Treatment: Seeds of most Arctostaphylos species have hard seed coats and dormant embryos. Scarification (several hours in H2SO4) followed by stratification may improve germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff