Arctostaphylos pungens

          Mexican Manzanita

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Horticultural Notes

3-12’+     The main photo here shows an amazing specimen found north of Warner Springs.  It must be 15′ or more in height.  This shows what the chaparral can turn into with time.

Mexican Manzanita is an evergreen shrub with shiny green leathery leaves (new leaves can be woolly) and clusters of white flowers.  The bark is smooth and red.  Clusters of edible orange berries in summer.

The fruit was harvested extensively by the Indians.  A cool drink was made by soaking the berries in water.