Arctostaphylos pungens

Pointleaf manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 10' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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The pointleaf manzanita grows in California’s coastal mountains from about San Benito County south. It is also widely distributed in Mexico and the Southwest. Along with A. uva-ursi and A. patula, it is one of the most widely distributed manzanita species. It is not surprising that it is one of the hardier species, tolerating severe heat and sun, and a range of soil types. The form ranges from a low mounding shrub to an upright, open little tree to about ten feet. The bark is smooth burnt red. The leaves are a typical olive green and lance-shaped (“pointy”). The winter flowers are white with an occasional pink blush. In Santa Clara County, the pointleaf manzanita has thrived in loamy, well-draining soil in full sun (see photos).


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen