Flowers are generally white, sometimes pinkish; small, urn-shaped, 1/4 in. long.  0.82 mi. nnw Modjeska Peak, 4-4-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Eastwood manzanita

Arctostaphylos glandulosa, ssp. glandulosa
(includes ssp. zacaensis)

A common 2-4 ft. spreading, evergreen shrub on dry rocky ridges and slopes in chaparral in the Santa Ana Mountains.  There is a hemispheric basal burl (not present in Bigberry Manzanita) which sprouts from the root crown after fires.  Grows with Bigberry Manzanita with which it sometimes hybridizes. The leaves, stems and fruits all have short stiff hairs with glands that make them sticky, whereas Bigberry manzanita has hairless leaves and branchlets. Flowering: January - April.

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0.82 mi. nnw Modjeska Peak, 4-4-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.

North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

Leaves are ascending or erect, ovate, green to gray-green, softly hairy on both surfaces, 1 to 2 in. long.  North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

Fruit is reddish brown, about 6-10 mm wide, sticky when developing but dry by mid-summer.  The fruits, which resemble miniature apples, are eaten by bears and coyotes.  They can be made into a drink by mashing them with boiling water.  North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

North Main Divide Road, Cleveland National Forest, Orange Co., CA. 2-1-12. © Joan Avise.

Flowers are much pinker in this stand at Blue Jay Campground, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA 2-28-09. © Joan Avise

Blue Jay Campground, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA 2-28-09. © Joan Avise

Blue Jay Campground, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA 2-28-09. © Joan Avise

Blue Jay Campground, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA 2-28-09. © Joan Avise

Blue Jay Campground, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA 2-28-09. © Joan Avise