Arctostaphylos canescens Eastw.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles


Common Names

  • Hoary Manzanita


(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
Dense vegetation consisting of low scrubby trees and shrubs often with small leaves and spines.
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
Bearing glands.
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.


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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

An evergreen shrub to 7 ft high, with erect branches, or a low, spreading bush; bark smooth, dark reddish brown; branchlets white and downy (and also glandular in var. sonomensis). Leaves elliptic, oblong or obovate, 114 to 2 in. long, short-stalked, covered on both sides with a dense white down, later more or less glabrous. Flowers urn-shaped, white or pinkish, borne in spring in small, dense panicles; stalks and ovaries downy. Fruit globose, flattened at the apex, usually somewhat downy.

Native of California and Oregon; it is found in chaparral, but also grows in forests of Douglas fir and Pinus ponderosa. In the form introduced to Britain, it has proved one of the hardiest and most satisfactory of the taller species, and very decorative in spring when covered with its hoary young growth.


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