Arctostaphylos rudis Ericaceae
Shag Bark Manzanita, Sand Mesa Manzanita
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 3-6+ ft (~1-2 m) tall, greater spread. Bark grayish, rough, persistent as flat shreds; twigs tomentose. Leaves alternate, simple, erect, 1–3 cm long and 1–2 cm wide, more or less elliptic, base wedge-shaped to rounded, tip rounded or acute, margin entire but ciliate, surfaces similar, smooth, bright green, shiny, sometimes slightly fuzzy but often becoming glabrous (without hairs); petiole 3–8 mm. Flowers white to pinkish, urn-shaped, crowded into terminal clusters; bloom period from early winter to early spring. Fruit 8–14 mm wide, slightly depressed globose, reddish brown, without hairs.
- Sun, well-drained soil, needs occasional summer water. Does well in coastal gardens.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to the central coast of California. Found in maritime chaparral and coastal scrub habitats on sandy soils.
- rudis: rough, presumably a reference to the bark.