Arctostaphyllos columbiana, the amazing evergreen.

Few plants capture the feel of the Pacific Northwest as well as Hairy Manzanita. As long as we’re not talking about full sized trees, of course.

Earlier this year I spotted one of the hundreds, if not thousands, of manzanitas planted in gardens in the PNW. My favorite part of the plant is the twisted, gnarled branches and trunks. I don’t know if anyone else has favorite parts of plants, but that’s what the draw of manzanita is for me.

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Of course I enjoy seeing them planted in gardens, but I get a different kind of wonder when I happen to come across manzanitas and rhododendrons in the woods outside of the city

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The evergreen leaves of manzanita are incredible when they are covered in tiny droplets of rainwater…

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