Arctostaphylos nummularia subsp. mendocinoensis
The pygmy manzanita (Arctostaphylos nummularia) is a species endemic to Mendocino County, California where it is known from its occurrence in the pygmy forests along the coastline. I think this might just be the perfect northern coastal California shrub for a native plant garden. It has a perfectly rounded form, beautiful small leaves, and subtly hairy stems.
FORM: prostrate to mounded, 0.1–0.5m STEM: old stem bark red-gray, generally rough or shredding LEAVES: blade 0.5–1.2cm, 0.3–0.7cm wide, oblong-elliptic, base rounded to wedge-shaped FLOWER: four sepals per flower FRUIT: 3–4mm wide, ±cylindric, glabrous, mature splitting; stones free HABITAT: pygmy pine forest, chaparral; 50–200m OBSERVATIONS: Jug Handle State Reserve; found primarily in the Fort Bragg-Mendocino area IDENTIFICATION: leaves are the smallest in the genus and comparable only in size to A. myrtifolia (slightly longer leaves); four sepals per flower, and the small, pulpless fruit fall very early and are rarely seen REMARKS: this subspecies integrates into taller forms of A. nummularia subsp. nummularia outside acid-clay soils of the pygmy forests near Fort Bragg.