man·​za·​ni·​ta | \ ˌman-zə-ˈnē-tə How to pronounce manzanita (audio) \

Definition of manzanita

: any of various western North American evergreen shrubs (genus Arctostaphylos) of the heath family with alternate leaves

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Since buying the property in 2000, Carter has developed its 85 woodsy acres — rooted here are madrone, Douglas fir, manzanita and the most easterly redwoods in the country — into a community for artists. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Studio visit with Richard Carter in his 1874 Napa County farmhouse," 8 June 2018 Firefighters had to fight through rocky terrain and dense manzanita and scrub oak that sprang up after the catastrophic Dude Fire of 1990, which had destroyed the native ponderosa pines and changed the area’s flora forever. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 May 2018 Several manzanitas, Opuntia cactus, agaves, and spiky Dasylirion wheeleri ensure a cohesive look. Punches of color--including a magenta bougainvillea and a spray of hot pink flowers from a Hesperaloe--provide eye-catching contrast. Sunset, "How to Grow a Desert Garden Anywhere," 22 Jan. 2018 This sale features drought-tolerant Southwestern, California native and Australian plants — including ceanothus, tecoma, manzanita and westringia — as well as cactuses, succulents, tomato and vegetable seedlings, fruit trees and herbs. Jeanette Marantos,, "It's spring gardening season: 12 plant sales to get you digging," 22 Mar. 2018 Yigal has help caring for his trees, which are surrounded by native California plants including sage and manzanita, from his neighbor, Mark Johnson, who has an additional 15 olive trees of his own. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Grower's olive oil wins prestigious Silver Medal," 15 Mar. 2018 Mountain slopes once cloaked by manzanita, chemise and other chaparral were rendered into moonscapes. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ravages of previous wildfires still linger," 22 Oct. 2017 This past summer, bracken ferns, grass and wildflowers emerged in charred soils beneath tree skeletons. Exposed slopes where dry chemise and manzanita were incinerated remain largely barren. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ravages of previous wildfires still linger," 22 Oct. 2017 Four years after logging, the wasteland portrayed in the photo was thick with manzanita bushes, raspberries, snowbrush, bracken fern, and native blackberries. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Why does this famous protector of trees now want to cut some down?," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of manzanita

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manzanita

American Spanish, diminutive of Spanish manzana apple

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