Arctostaphylos patula
green-leaf manzanita

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington, where disjunct in Chelan County, otherwise in Klickitat County only; Washington to California, east to Montana and Colorado.

Habitat: Chaparral and dry, open forests.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, butterflies, wasps, hummingbirds


Erect or mound forming evergreen shrubs, 1-3 m tall; simple at base throughout most of range; reddish exfoliating bark on older branches; twigs usually densely golden-glandular, rarely white-hairy.


Leaves alternate, bright green and shiny, ovate to orbiculate, 2-6 cm long and 1-4 cm broad, glabrous or rarely pubescent, petioles 7-15 mm.

Flowers :

Inflorescence paniculate, golden glandular, each flower subtended by a bract nearly equal to pedicel; flowers light pink to pinkish-white, corolla conic to urn-shaped, with 5 short lobes; stamens 10, the anthers opening by false terminal pores, each with 2 curved, reflexed, horn-like appendages; ovary superior, glabrous or pubescent.


Berries reddish, glabrous, depressed globose or subglobose, 7-10 mm.

Accepted Name:
Arctostaphylos patula Greene
Publication: Pittonia. 2: 171. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Arctostaphylos acutifolia Eastw.
Arctostaphylos parryana Lemmon var. pinetorum (Rollins) Wiesl. & B. Schreib.
Arctostaphylos patula Greene ssp. platyphylla (A. Gray) P.V. Wells
Arctostaphylos patula Greene var. coalescens W. Knight
Arctostaphylos platyphylla (Bray) Kuntze
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Arctostaphylos patula in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Arctostaphylos patula checklist entry

OregonFlora: Arctostaphylos patula information

E-Flora BC: Arctostaphylos patula atlas page

CalPhotos: Arctostaphylos patula photos

22 photographs:
Group by