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Woollyleaf Manzanita
Arctostaphylos tomentosa
About Woollyleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos tomentosa) 5 Nurseries Carry This Plant Arctostaphylos tomentosa is a species of manzanita known by the common name woollyleaf manzanita or woolley manzanita. This shrub is endemic to California. It is a resident of chaparral canyons, foothills, and lower-elevation mountains. One specialized habitat in which Arctostaphylos tomentos is found is the Monterey Cypress forests at Point Lobos and Del Monte Forest in Monterey County, California. This is a low-lying, spreading manzanita, generally quite a bit wider than it is tall. It is a variable species and even some of the subspecies can vary in appearance across individuals. The stems may be red or gray or both, with smooth, rough, or shreddy bark, hairless to quite bristly. The leaves may be oval to lance-shaped and sometimes toothed, but the upper surface is generally darker and shinier than the lower. The flowers are white to pink and may be hairy or hairless inside. The fruits are fuzzy reddish drupes under a centimeter in diameter. Subspecies. There are many subspecies:Arctostaphylos tomentos subsp. bracteosa - uncommon subspecies from the vicinity of Monterey Arctostaphylos tomentos subsp. crinita - from the southern San Francisco Bay AreaArctostaphylos tomentos subsp. crustacea - (brittleleaf manzanita), widespreadArctostaphylos tomentos subsp. daciticola - (dacite manzanita), from San Luis Obispo County. Arctostaphylos tomentos subsp. eastwoodiana - from Santa Barbara CountyArctostaphylos tomentos ssp. hebeclada - from southwestern Santa Cruz Mountains. Arctostaphylos tomentos subsp. insulicola - (island-loving manzanita), scattered in the Channel IslandsArctostaphylos tomentos subsp. rosei - (rosy manzanita), from the central and northern coastsArctostaphylos tomentos subsp. subcordata - (Santa Cruz Island manzanita), restricted to the Channel IslandsArctostaphylos tomentos subsp. tomentosa - found along the Central Coast.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

3.3 - 9.8 ft tall


Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Red

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.2" - 95.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.51", Coldest Month: 37.0" - 58.2", Hottest Month: 58.2" - 88.4", Humidity: 0.41" - 39.61", Elevation: -81" - 8071"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Brittleleaf Manzanita, Woolley 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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