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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Fire Restrictions

    Effective June 18, 2014, the parks are in Stage 1 fire restrictions, see link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

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    We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »

Greenleaf Manzanita

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(Arctostaphylos patula)

 
Greenleaf manzanita with unripe berries

Greenleaf manzanita with unripe berries

Greenleaf Manzanita Habitat

Greenleaf manzanita, with striking red bark, grows at middle to upper elevations within the parks. Climate at these elevations are characterized by moderate summer temperatures and cold, snowy winters.

 
Ripe greenleaf manzanita berries in black bear scat

Ripe greenleaf manzanita berries in black bear scat

Why monitor greenleaf manzanita?

The fruit of the manzanita is an important food source for bears, birds and other wildlife. Changes in weather and climate may influence the production of manzanita berries and when they are available.
Manzanita flowers are pollinated by the virbrating wings of insects seeking nectar. If pollinators are not available when manzanita blooms, because of changes in temperature or precipitation, then this important food source may become scarce.

Did You Know?

Map of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

When first set aside, what is now Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were less than one-ninth of their present size. Over the last century, Congress has made seven major additions to the parks — the last being the Mineral King area in 1978.