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Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos columbiana)

A. tomentosa. non Pursh.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hairy Manzanita
Arctostaphylos columbiana

A yellowish-brown dye is obtained from the leaves, it does not require a mordant[168].

The wood burns with a bright light and so was used at dances and ceremonials by the native North American Indians[257].

The wood is hard and is used for making tools and awl handles[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the bark is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[3, 177]. The fruit is best harvested when slightly under-ripe since the fully mature pulp is mealy[183]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Pre-soak dried seed in boiling water for 10 – 20 seconds or burn some straw on top of them and then stratify at 2 – 5¡c for 2 months[11, 200]. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 3 months at 15¡c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter, Plant out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of side shoots of the current season’s growth, 5 – 8cm with a heel, August to December in a frame. Takes one year[1, 78]. Division in early spring. Take care because the plant resents root disturbance. Pot the divisions up and keep them in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are growing away actively. Layering in spring[200]. Layering in spring[200].
Requires a deep moist well-drained light or medium lime-free loam in sun or semi-shade[11, 134, 200] but plants produce less fruit when they are grown in the shade[200]. Plants resent root disturbance and should be placed in their final positions as soon as possible[134]. This species is very closely related to A. tomentosa, but with a more northerly range[11].
Western N. America

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