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Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita (Arctostaphylos cruzensis)

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  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 137554
  • Lifeform: Shrub
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 10/16/2004

Arctostaphylos cruzensis is a manzanita shrub that grows to 2-3' tall and 4-5' in width. It has pointed, oval leaves that are bright green to gray and sometimes toothed on the edges that grow on smooth dark red stems.  The flowers are very pale pink with tapered throats. The fruits are hairy drupes up to a centimeter in diameter and containing angular seeds.

Where is Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita (Arctostaphylos cruzensis) located in the wild?


Ecotone between grassland and Central Maritime Chaparral on coastal slopes; broad-leafed upland forest, coastal bluff scrub, closed-cone coniferous forest, chaparral, coastal scrub, valley and foothill grassland, sandy soil


Arctostaphylos cruzensis grows on coastal bluffs and terraces from San Luis Obispo county to Monterey county in California.

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Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita can be found in California

Which CPC Partners conserve Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita (Arctostaphylos cruzensis)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has collected 3 seed accessions of Arctostaphylos cruzensis from 1 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass 3 maternal plants

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

There are less than 20 known occurrences of Arctostaphylos cruzensis. Endemic to two counties in California. Its coastal habitat favors development and it is also threatened by grazing and by recreational use of the coast. Most EO's are on private lands with significant numbers on Hearst property, which is perhaps slated to be partially protected as part of a land deal with ALC.

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Taxon Arctostaphylos cruzensis
Authority J.B. Roof
Family Ericaceae
CPC Number 44449
ITIS 23480
Duration Perennial
Common Names Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita | La Cruz manzanita
Associated Scientific Names Arctostaphylos cruzensis | Arctostaphylos pechoensis var. cruzensis
Distribution Arctostaphylos cruzensis grows on coastal bluffs and terraces from San Luis Obispo county to Monterey county in California.
State Rank
State State Rank
California S3
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