Arctostaphylos franciscana

Franciscan manzanita


We don't grow this manzanita, but it has been in the news and we wanted to create a record for it on our website.  Franciscan manzanita was thought to be extinct in the wild since the 1940s until it was discovered in the path of seismic work on Doyle Drive in San Francisco in September 2009.  The Univerity of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley was asked to help with propagation to ensure continuation of this last wild individual plant before it was moved to a safer location within the San Francisco Presidio.  Plants rooted at the Garden will be planted on the Presidio in accordance with a conservation plan developed for the species.

Arctostaphylos franciscana Characteristics


  • California native