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Pinemat Manzanita
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Arctostaphylos nevadensis

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About Pinemat Manzanita (Arctostaphylos nevadensis) Arctostaphylos nevadensis is a species of manzanita known by the common name pinemat manzanita. It is native to western North America from Washington to California, where it grows in the coniferous forests of the inland and coastal mountain ranges. It is a dominant shrub in the mountain understory chaparral in many areas. This is a short, spreading shrub forming mats, tangles, or mounds less than half a meter tall. The larger branches have dull red bark and the twigs are generally woolly. Leaves are bright green and shiny, with few hairs especially along the edges. They measure 1 to 3 centimeters in length. The shrub blooms in spherical clusters of urn-shaped whitish manzanita flowers. The fruit is a spherical drupe about 7 millimeters wide. This species is cultivated as a chaparral landscaping plant and it is used to stabilize soil against erosion on mountain slopes. It is best grown in high elevation gardens with cold winters.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1 - 2 ft (0.3 - 0.6 m)

Max. Width
8 ft (2.4 m)

Mounding, Spreading

Growth Rate


Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky places at high elevations

Part Shade

Elevation ?
13' - 14090'

Annual Precip. ?
14.7" - 156.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.44" - 5.95"

Coldest Month ?
10.8° F - 49.8° F

Hottest Month ?
34.1° F - 74.1° F

Humidity ?
0.02 vpd - 22.04 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers well drained acidic soil

Soil PH
4.0 - 7.0


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -10° F

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Wildlife Attracted
Various birds are attracted to the fruits

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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