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Pointleaf Manzanita

Arctostaphylos pungens

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
3-6' × 3-6'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season February-June
Flower Color White/pink
Minimum Temperature Range -10-0 °F
Leaf Description Leathery oval leaves with pointed tips
Fruit Reddish, globe shaped berries
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Elevation Range 3000-8500 ft.
Description Manzanitas are gorgeous shrubs with rich reddish bark, leathery oval leaves, pitcher like blooms, and red fruits. This species is fairly common in western North America, and is found throughout the mountains of Arizona in grasslands, chaparral, oak woodlands, and pine forests. However, manzanitas are relatively tricky to produce in cultivation, partially because they rely on fire conditions to germinate, and because they partner with particular fungi that may be absent from gardens and nursery settings, so availability is fairly restricted. If you can find this species in a nursery and you have a well draining, rocky soil this could be an interesting plant choice for its ability to attract native bees to the blooms, and mammals to the fruits.