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Arctostaphylos montaraensis

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About Montara Manzanita (Arctostaphylos montaraensis) Arctostaphylos montaraensis is a species of manzanita known by the common name Montara manzanita. It is endemic to San Mateo County, California, where it is known from a few occurrences on San Bruno and Montara Mountains. It is also cultivated as a chaparral landscaping plant. This is an erect shrub reaching maximum heights near 5 meters. The stems are deep red in color and the twigs are coated in hairy bristles. It has a dense foliage of light green hairy leaves, rough and dull in texture and up to 4 or 5 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a dense cluster of cone-shaped manzanita flowers, each just under a centimeter long and with bristles inside.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
8.2 - 16.4 ft (2.5 - 5 m)


Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Slopes, ridges,


Elevation ?
118' - 1808'

Annual Precip. ?
27.8" - 37.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.37" - 0.62"

Coldest Month ?
45.6° F - 49.8° F

Hottest Month ?
63.8° F - 66.7° F

Humidity ?
1.14 vpd - 13.33 vpd

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

Common uses
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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