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Glossy Leaved Manzanita
Arctostaphylos nummularia
  
About Glossy Leaved Manzanita (Arctostaphylos nummularia) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Arctostaphylos nummularia is a species of manzanita known by the common name glossyleaf manzanita. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the forests of the coastal and inland ranges north of the San Francisco Bay. This is a red-barked shrub reaching a maximum height up to five meters. The smaller twigs are covered lightly in white hairy bristles. The leaves are oval-shaped to nearly round, one to two centimeters long and wide. The edges are very finely toothed to nearly smooth, lined with tiny bristles, and sometimes curled under. The upper surface of the leaf is darker green and shinier than the underside. The flower cluster holds a cluster of hanging flowers, which are spherical and white to pink-tinged. The fruit is a cylindrical drupe less than half a centimeter long containing a few seeds.

There are two subspecies; ssp. mendocinoensis (Pygmy Manzanita) was formerly considered a separate species. It is now considered a subspecies of nummularia but rare due to its extremely restricted range, a tiny population on the coast between Ft. Bragg and Albion. As a garden plant it may be difficult unless you can replicate conditions from its native area.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
5 - 16.4 ft tall
5 - 15 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None, Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Other birds are attracted to the fruit and seeds.

 

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 30° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Deep, high organic content, acidic woodland soil. Soil PH: 4.0 - 6.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
5, 14, 15, 16, 17*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Clearings in coastal chaparral or coniferous woodlands of northern California where summers are cool and foggy, winters are mild and soil is acidic

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 17.1" - 64.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.24" - 0.89", Coldest Month: 41.1" - 50.4", Hottest Month: 59.1" - 72.9", Humidity: 0.01" - 17.79", Elevation: 9" - 2647"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Glossyleaf Manzanita, Shatterberry


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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