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Manzanitas - Iconic Trees/shrubs of California.

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    Posted 2 years 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, 2 years ago
      Majestic, yet, eerie at the same time..an intriguing eerie...

      Thomas.
    2. Anik Anik, 2 years ago
      Wow! I've never seen anything like it... Wonderful.
    3. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Beautiful unusual curvy trees
    4. fortapache fortapache, 2 years 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, 2 years ago
      Beautiful!
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years 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, 2 years 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, 2 years 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, 1 year 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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