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Whiteleaf Manzanita
Arctostaphylos viscida

About Whiteleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos viscida) Arctostaphylos viscida is a species in the Ericaceae (Heath) family known by the common names whiteleaf manzanita and sticky manzanita. This is a treelike shrub reaching up to five meters in height. The stems may be smooth or fuzzy, and are often hairy. The leaves are rounded to oval, sometimes slightly toothed or with hairs along the edges, and usually dull green on both surfaces. When in flower the shrub is packed heavily with densely bunching flower clusters of urn-shaped white to pale pink flowers. The fruits are shiny red or greenish-brown drupes between one half and one centimeter wide. Seeds require fire for germination. This is a plant of chaparral and coniferous forests of 3,000-5,000 ft. elevation. It is native to California and Oregon. The Miwok of northern California used the fruits to make cider.
Plant Description
Plant Type

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

Max. Width
12 ft (3.7 m)

Mounding, Rounded


Growth Rate


Flower Color
Pink, White, Green

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky slopes of the Sierra foothills, Klamath Range, and northern portion of the Coast Ranges

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
30' - 9776'

Annual Precip. ?
8.5" - 151.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 5.95"

Coldest Month ?
25.3° F - 51.6° F

Hottest Month ?
49.0° F - 77.7° F

Humidity ?
0.31 vpd - 27.98 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils including clay and decomposed granite

Soil PH
6.0 - 7.8

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Serpentine Soil

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 0° F

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds and various insects are attracted to Manzanita flowers. The fruits are attractive to birds and some mammals.

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low, Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Propagation ?
By seed or cuttings

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sticky Manzanita, Sticky Whiteleaf Manzanita

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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