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Manzanita, Mexican Manzanita, Point-leaf Manzanita, Bear-berry, Kinnikinnick, Pinguica, Palo de Pinguica, Manzana
Arctostaphylos pungens


Manzanita has beautiful peeling red-mahogany bark which makes a striking contrast to the leathery evergreen foliage. Only two populations in the Trans-Pecos are known in the state, although it grows west to California and north to Utah. Small clusters of white to pink urn-shaped flowers appear in early spring. The fruit is a small, bronze, apple-like pome that is eaten by birds and other wildlife, including black bear. Manzanita is a low maintenance plant, as long as it has full sun and well drained soils. Its beautiful, sinuous branches, naturally manicured appearance and attractive fruit and flowers make it a desirable ornamental, but it is hard to locate commercial sources.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white to pink

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: dark apple-like pome

Height: 5 to 6 feet

Width: to 10 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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