Arctostaphylos columbiana Ericaceae
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- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-10 ft (0.9-3 m) tall, upright, branching from the base or single stemmed, smooth rust colored bark. Leaves alternate, simple, ovate to oblong, 2-7 cm long, thick, acute at apex, rounded to obtuse at base, tomentose when young, becoming glabrous and gray-green, petiole 3-7 mm. Flowers small, pendulous pale pink to nearly white, produced in spring. Fruit a flattened sphere, light red, 8 mm.
- Sun to light shade, requires acid soils. Works well with other ericaceous plants such as huckleberries (Vaccinium) and salal (Gautheria shallon).
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to the low coastal mountains from Southern British Columbia to central California.
- A low growing, compact, red-barked form known as Oregon Hybrid is offered in some nurseries.
- columbiana: of or from North America
- Corvallis: front of house at 211 16th St., between Jackson and Van Buren.