Pointleaf Manzanita, Mexican Manzanita
- Evergreen shrub, 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) tall, forms large clumps and thickets as branches often root when
in contact with the soil. Trunks mahogany colored, exfoliating, but branches are covered with
pubescence and having a yellow-green to grayish appearance. The branches of the similar looking
Arctostaphylos patula (Green Manzanita) are reddish. Leaves alternate, simple, erect,
2-4.5 cm long, elliptical to lanceolate, wedge-shaped base, pointed tip, entire margins, leathery, both
surface are pale bluish-green due to a fine covering of hairs. Flowers white and pinkish, about
6 mm, urn-shaped, waxy, in dense clusters. Fruit 6 mm across, chestnut brown to terra cotta,
shiny, flattened spheres.
- Sun, tolerates alkaline soils, sand, clay.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native range from Texas west to Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, south in Mexico to Oaxaca.