Arctostaphylos viridissima White Cloud
White Cloud McMinn's Manzanita, White Cloud Whitehair Manzanita
- Evergreen shrub, speading, to a size of about 4-6 × 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 × 1.2-1.8 m), erect stems, twig have fine pubescence (tomentose) and long, white bristles; bark is rough, shredding, reddish brown. Leaves simple, alternate, narrowly ovate to oblong-ovate, strongly overlapping, blade about 3 cm long and 2 cm wide, often clasping, margin entire or toothed at base, base truncated to lobed, upper and lower surfaces similar, glossy, bright green and smooth; petiole only 1–4 mm long. Flowers urn-shaped, white to pinkish, in dense clusters (racemes). Fruit 10-15 mm wide, sparsely hairy.
- Hardy to USDA Zone . The species is native to the northern Channel Islands (east Santa Cruz Island) of California. The cultivar White Cloud is from a cutting of a selected plant on Santa Cruz Island collected by Bertam G. Johnson in 1979. The plant was selected for "its profuse snowy-white flowers and its dense, glossy, dark green leaves."