Sandmat Manzanita, Dune Manzanita
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub or ground cover, sprawling habit, forms a mat or mound to about 3 ft (0.9 m) high but can grow to nearly 5 ft (1.5 m). Bark reddish and twigs have a fine, gray pubescence. Leaves simple, alternate, spreading, narrow-obovate to oblanceolate, 1–2 cm long and 0.5–1.5 cm wide, base wedge-shaped, tip often obtuse, margin entire, cupped or slightly rolled, surfaces not alike, upper surface convex, dark green, sometimes shiny, sparse pubescence but becoming hairless (glabrous), lower surface covered with a fine, gray pubescence. Flowers white to pinkish in small, sparse clusters. Fruit 0.5 cm wide, more or less spherical, brownish, becoming glabrous.
- Sun (coastal) or light shade (inland), little or no without summer water.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 9 Native range limited to the central California Coast, around Monterey Bay.
- pumila: dwarf