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    Posted 11 months ago

    ho2cultcha
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    I specialize in growing manzanitas at my nursery where i grow 66 different kinds. There are something like 175 manzanita species in the world, and all but 5 of them are found only in California. Members of the Ericaceae family, they are related to azaleas, rhododendrons, and blueberries. Here are some wild ones i saw the other day on Cedar Mountain near Livermore. About 18 yrs ago, i found the largest manzanita known on the other side of this mountain. It was 36 ft tall with a trunk 6 ft around. You can read about it here: http://www.madrono.org/san-francisco-landscape/journalism/journey-to-the-worlds-tallest-manzanita.html which was a 4 page article in the San Francisco Chronicle at the time.

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    Comments

    1. Brunswick Brunswick, 11 months ago
      Majestic, yet, eerie at the same time..an intriguing eerie...

      Thomas.
    2. Anik Anik, 11 months ago
      Wow! I've never seen anything like it... Wonderful.
    3. Newfld Newfld, 11 months ago
      Beautiful unusual curvy trees
    4. fortapache fortapache, 11 months ago
      Stop by here and get some from the lot next to me. They do have a slight tendancy to be highly flammable under the right conditions. But they can be beautiful. Some look like bushes and some look like the ones in your photos. I have a few on my property that look quite nice although they need a bit of trimming now and then. My biggest one was a huge bush until I cut away most of the foliage. I'll take some photos of them tomorrow and post them. They are a bit like bonsai trees although some just grow that way on their own.
    5. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 11 months ago
      Beautiful!
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 11 months ago
      Thank you Thomas, Anik, Newfld, fortapache, and Mrstyndall! i do really love manzanitas. Some are groundcovers - short as a carpet, while others are trees, and everything in between. i'll post some with flowers now.
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 11 months ago
      Nice Pete, I really like Manzanitas also just after the Pacific Coast Redwood! :^D Here's a link to the Tallest Manzanita, it's easier to click on it in comments:

      http://www.madrono.org/san-francisco-landscape/journalism/journey-to-the-worlds-tallest-manzanita.html#.XEq63PZFyIc

      Thanks for posting this, good job! :^)
    8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 10 months ago
      hey bill. you know who that article is about, no? Me! i'm the one who discovered it and that's me up in the tree!
    9. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      These grew all over my property, up in the canyon. They are beautiful, and tend to shed.
      I don’t know why this happens? I cut a piece one year and made a Christmas tree of it. Wish I took pictures, it was beautiful.
      Very, very hard wood....

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