Xylococcus bicolor Nutt.
Arctostaphylos bicolor (Nutt.) A. Gray
Mission manzanita has a limited native range in California and Baja California, Mexico. There is speculation that this plant depends on grizzly bears, long gone from the region, to eat and distribute the seeds—the long-lived species may be on the decline.
Identification: This shrub reaches 9½' (3 m) in height and about 6½' (2 m) in diameter. Bark is gray at first, becoming reddish and somewhat peeling later. Leaves are narrow pointed ovals, dark green on top, light and feltlike on the bottom, curled downward. Flowers are white to pink to yellowish at the open end, bell-shaped, ¼-⅜" (8-10 mm) long. Fruits are hard reddish fruits ¼" (6.3 mm) around, composed almost entirely of a large, hard seed.
Xylococcus bicolor on Plants of San Diego County, California
Xylococcus bicolor on Wikipedia
Xylococcus bicolor on CalPhotos
Xylococcus bicolor at the Theodore Payne Foundation
Xylococcus bicolor from the Jepson Manual
Xylococcus bicolor description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.