Arctostaphylos andersonii Ericaceae
Santa Cruz Manzanita, Anderson's Manzanita, Heartleaf Manzanita
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree, 6-15 ft (~2-5 m) tall, twigs densely covered with short bristles and with long, white, sometimes gland-tipped, bristles. Bark smooth dark red-brown. Leaves alternate, simple, overlapping, clasping the stem, oblong to ovate-oblong, 4-7 cm long and 1.5-2.5 cm wide, base deeply lobed (giving a heart-shaped appearance), margin serrate and may be cupped, surfaces dissimilar, upper without hairs (glabrous) and convex, the midrib on the lower surface may be bristly; very short petiole, only a few mm. Flowers light pink, urn-shaped, crowded into terminal clusters; blooms early to late spring. Fruit 6–8 mm wide, finely glandular-bristly, sticky.
- Sun, well-drained soil. In hot areas protect from afternoon sun and provide occasional summer water.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to California; western San Francisco Bay Area, i.e., the Santa Cruz Mountains.
- andersonii: after Dr. Charles Lewis Anderson (1827-1910), physician and naturalist of western Nevada and California