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Zayante Sandhills Conservation Bank - Rare, Threatened, or Endangered in CA and Elsewhere – California Native Plant Society List 1B


Silverleaf Manzanita -
Arctostaphylos silvicola


– Silverleaf manzanita is a long lived shrub in the heath family (Ericaceae) that is named for the silvery sheen on its leaves. This large shrub produces small, white, urn-shaped flowers that are pollinated by humming birds, bees, and flies during the late fall and early winter months. The fruits of this and other manzanita species resemble very small apples-- hence the name ‘manzanita’ which means ‘little apple’ in Spanish.

Silverleaf manzanita occurs only in the Zayante Sandhills—a unique community of plants and animals found only on sandy soils of the Zayante series in central Santa Cruz County. It is the dominant plant of the sandhills chaparral communities, which are a type of maritime chaparral. As with many chaparral shrubs, silverleaf manzanita seedlings require fire to establish new seedlings.

Silverleaf manzanita

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Silverleaf manzanita is threatened by habitat loss and habitat degradation, including fire suppression, and has been listed by the California Native Plant Society as “most endangered” (List 1B).





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