|Manzanita is a woody evergreen shrub and
member of the heather family. It is characterized by
smooth, deep red bark, thick green leaves and crooked branches.
Manzanita is commonly a key component of chaparral (semi-arid regions
characterized by low woody plants and scrub).
Manzanita is Spanish for "little
apple" a term which describes its fruit.
Manzanita typically grows between 4000' - 8000' feet
in elevation and may reach heights of 6'. In the spring, the plant
blooms with clusters of many small, pink, bell-shaped flowers. The
flowers often attract hummingbirds and insects. The plant is not browsed
by animals, however, the berries are eaten by birds, rodents & bears.
Native Americans used the berries for food and for making a beverage.