Posted 11 months ago
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.