Greenleaf Manzanita, Arctostaphylos
patula, is an evergreen shrub that is common
in areas of heavy snow at higher elevations in the eastern Sierras
through Utah and north into Oregon, extending down into Lake County,
California. Greenleaf Manzanita is pleasing in appearance and seems to
a very stable manzanita at the Santa Margarita Nursery.
We had some in
15 gallon pots for a decade that were buried behind a shade house in
heavy shade, (It's amazing what you find when you tidy up an area.) Dug
and drug out the fifteens and planted them in full sun. We hate
throwing things away, why not give them a chance? They grew with no
water, in full sun, they grew! Amazing.
The only thing this manzanita
does seem to hate is salt in soil or water. It's not as
sensitive as some of the other Sierra species, but I'd not try it in
some of the alkaline areas of the San Joaquin valley. A weird form of
this species occurs at Arrowhead nor Big Bear, (Arctostaphylos parryana
In a normal California Garden greenleaf manzanita makes a green mound
about six foot tall with open red trunks. If you get 10 feet of
snow expect the same plant to grow only a couple of feet tall. Very
similar to Arctostaphylos stanfordiana, it
might be interesting to blend to two.
Arctostaphylos patula tolerates sand.
Arctostaphylos patula is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Arctostaphylos patula has color reddish-green and is evergreen.
Flower of Arctostaphylos patula has color pink.
Fruit of Arctostaphylos patula is edible.
Communities for Arctostaphylos patula:Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest and Yellow Pine Forest.