Common name: Vine Hill manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora was planted in 2018 in the Alpine Garden. It has red stems and attractive leaves. This rare species of manzanita is endemic to Sonoma County, California. These last wild members of the species are on land near Sebastopol which is owned and protected by the California Native Plant Society. It is a small shrub growing in low-spreading clumps and loved by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its pink or white flowers come in winter and spring.
Text and photos by Hughie Jones