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Alameda Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pallida

About Alameda Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pallida) Arctostaphylos pallida, commonly known as Pallid Manzanita, Oakland Hills Manzanita, and Alameda Manzanita, is an upright shrub from the Ericaceae, or heath, family. It grows to around 6 to 13 feet. high. The branches on the shrub are reddish or grayish (more reddish) and they have twigs that tend to be bristly. The ovate to triangular leaves are bristly, strongly overlapping and clasping. They are 1.0 to 1.8 inch long and 0.8 to 1.2 inch wide. The dense, white flowers are urn-shaped and 0.2 to 0.3 inch long. The flowering period is from November to March. A. pallida commonly co-occurs with another manzanita species, Brittle Leaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos tomentosa ssp. crustacea), but the latter is a burl-forming species with spreading leaves. A. pallida does not form burls.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
6 - 13 ft (1.8 - 4 m)


Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Siliceous shales, slopes and ridges


Elevation ?
498' - 1548'

Annual Precip. ?
19.7" - 30.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 0.46"

Coldest Month ?
47.0° F - 49.5° F

Hottest Month ?
65.0° F - 70.4° F

Humidity ?
1.18 vpd - 16.63 vpd

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

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Oakland Hills Manzanita, Pallid Manzan

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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