Arctostaphylos patula

Greenleaf manzanita

This is such a pretty shrub, so bright green with rusty-red stems. Old branches still twist from the base of the sprawling plant, bleached silver. Dainty bite marks on the lower leaves suggest rabbits or pikas. Many short pink chains of buds hang on the branch tips, waiting for warmer days.

This manzanita grows all around Lava Butte in Deschutes National Forest, on steep, rocky ground and beneath pines.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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