Arctostaphylos bakeri subsp. bakeri
(A. stanfordiana subsp. bakeri) Ericaceae
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- Evergreen shrub, about 3-10 ft (1-3 m) tall, stem erect, twigs glandular-bristly. Leaves alternate, simple, spreading or erect, generally elliptic, some oblong-ovate or widely ovate, blade 1–3 cm long and 1–2 cm wide, finely glandular-bristly, base wedge-shaped, rounded to truncate, margin entire, dark green; petiole 3–6 mm; with hairs like twig hairs. Flowers in 2-5 branches clusters, pinkish. Fruit 8–10 mm wide, somewhat globose, glabrous, brownish-red.
- Sun, even on nutrient-poor serpentine soil. Considered a handsome shrub for northern California.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to California, outer North Coast Ranges (between Camp Meeker and Occidental, Sonoma County). A. bakeri 'Louis Edmunds' available in California nurseries. Reportedly has good tolerance to garden watering.