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manzanita_freak
08-27-2012, 02:14 PM
Hello everyone,
I am a native plant enthusiast who caught the bug in 2009 when I tore out my remaining lawn and planted only California natives.

I would like to start a restoration project on a small parcel of land in the Oakland hills that my business partner owns.

Is there any way to grow more Pallid Manzanitas, which I believe is the only species that grows in the east bay hills at approximately 1000 ft in elevation? I know they are highly endangered, so what would be the best way to go about this?

Thanks
L

terrestrial_man
08-27-2012, 08:17 PM
Taxonomically I am following Munz, not Jepson. Apparently the species A. andersonii has 2 varieties and both are very localized species.
To attempt to grow the Pallid Manzanitas requires that you have seed and know how to germinate them. I would start them in pots as you process the area where the plants are to be planted. Basically you would need to strip off all the vegetation and cut back large plants that would shade the area of planting.
Probably plant them in fall but you would have to check this.
Some people to contact would be http://johnslaymaker.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/pallid-manzanita-workday-with-friends-of-sausal-creek-saturday-september-10-2011/
The Friends of Sausal Creek.

btanderson
09-28-2012, 01:09 PM
You might check with Native Here nursery to see if they are carrying that and other local natives for your project. UCBG and the Regional Parks also also nearby and propagate and grow manzanitas.

Ben Anderson