Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita)

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California shrub with distinctive red-brown bark and spreading branches; sometimes attaining "tree height."

by Michael Kuo

Whether or not California's manzanita qualifies as a "tree" is up for grabs . . . but many mushrooms are mycorrhizal with it, so it is an important bush (shrub? tree-let?) for mushroom collectors.

Habitat: Usually in dry areas; often on slopes and in canyons; mixed with hardwoods and/or conifers; California.

Stature: A shrub or shrub-like tree; to 20 feet high; trunks to 6 inches in diameter; branches spreading outwards.

Leaves: Evergreen; to 2 inches long; unlobed; not toothed; pale green.

Bark: Dark red-brown; smooth.

Fruit: A small white to reddish brown berry.

(References consulted)

Frequent Mushroom Associates:

Amanita gemmata; Leccinum manzanitae; Tricholoma pardinum; Tricholoma saponaceum; and many others.


Arctostaphylos manzanita

Arctostaphylos manzanita

Arctostaphylos manzanita

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