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Manzanitas are absolutely magnificent


Last updated 1/31/2008 at Noon

Arctostaphylos densiflora Sentinel

To many native plant enthusiasts, manzanitas embody all the best qualities of natural California.

They have subtle but dramatic beauty, exhibit year-round character and color, require nearly no maintenance and provide excellent habitat: hosting songbirds, providing nectar for hummingbirds and berries for birds, coyotes and other animals.

They are widespread throughout the state and extraordinarily diverse in their forms, ranging from groundcovers to small trees and growing in nearly every soil type.

The smooth, deep red bark of a manzanita trunk looks like natural sculpture and the waxy...

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