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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. Greenleaf manzanita is a spreading, much branched shrub. Its smooth, dark reddish-brown, inner bark is revealed as the outer bark shreds off. Round, evergreen leaves are bright green, and the pink, bell-shaped flowers occur in clusters.
Identification notes: Ascending stems that form mounds, ovaries without hairs, glandular-hairy flower branches, bright green leaves that are more or less rounded on both ends distinguish this from other Arctostaphylos species. Roots where in contact with soil surface.
Height: 3 to 7 feet     Width: Can spread to 10 feet


Habitat Description: Open coniferous forests with dry, well-drained sandy loam to silty loam soils.
Plant Communities: Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 7000 - 8500 feet


Color: Mostly pink, white   Shape: Bell-shaped in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: May - Jun
Description: Bunches of urn shaped, pink to white flowers in terminal clusters. Sepals broadly ovate to orbicular and rounded at tip,


Leaf Color: Bright green   Type: Simple   Shape: Round or oval   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Top and bottom of leaves
Description: 1 to 2 inches long, leathery, green, rounded and smooth on both surfaces, often orient themselves perpendicular to the sun's rays, typically without hairs, rarely short-haired.


Color: Dark reddish-brown   Type: Berry-like   Description: Small, 1/4 inch in diameter, round, smooth, berry-like drupe (fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone containing the seed) that resembles a tiny apple, reddish brown to black.


Bark Color: Dark reddish-brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Smooth and brown on young stems but dark reddish-brown and exfoliating on older stems to show a whitish bark.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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