Sand mesa manzanita. Straight off the Nipomo mesa, this manzanita holds a special place in our hearts as our “most native” native. Seen growing on sandy banks, mature plants reach 4-6’ with an equal spread and display bright green foliage on grayish, shredding bark. Light pink flowers appear in late winter and early spring. Rare in California, we especially encourage our neighbors to use this plant as a screen, or massed in background or foundation plantings. Hardy to 10F. San Luis Obispo County, California.