Arctostaphylos canescens Ericaceae
Hoary Manzanita, Downy-leaf Manzanita ark-tow-STAF-i-los kah-NES-ens-
- Evergreen shrub, erect, 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m) tall, densely branched, gnarled; bark smooth, dark rust colored, tomentose when young. Leaves alternate, simple, ovate to oblong or rounded, projected outward, 2-4 cm long, thick, margin entire, densely white tomentose when young, much less with age, petiole 5-8 mm long. Flowers in short dense clusters with white tomentose on the main stems (rachis), pale pink corolla (petals), 8-9 mm long, blooms in winter-spring. Fruit a flattened sphere, brown, 8 mm.thick.
- Sun to light shade, tolerates heat, requires good drainage and acid soils.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to coastal Northern California, found on sand or rocky sites.
- canescens: grayish-hairy.
- Portland, Oregon: Hoyt Arboretum