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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Arctostaphylos glandulosa Eastw.
USDA Symbol: argl3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An erect/spreading, 4-7 ft. manzanita with crooked, smooth, reddish stems and dull green, velvety leaves. Flowers are white and occur in short, spreading clusters. Berries are reddish-brown.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Root Type: Tap Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr
CA , OR Native Distribution:
Outer Coast Ranges from w. Coos Co., OR to s. CA Native Habitat:
Chaparral or evergreen
forests on dry, gravelly slopes & ridges; 1000-6000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, gravelly sandstone or clay
Conditions Comments: There are many natural varieties of this species. Var. campbelliae and var. crassifolia are two which are commerially available. Considered among the toughest of the manzanitas.
BenefitUse Food: Manzanita berries were used to make a refreshing, cider-like drink by indigenous peoples.
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationDescription: 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, CA
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Record Modified: 2008-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff