How to Prune Pinemat Manzanita


Pinemat manzanita is a low growing evergreen shrub native to Washington, California and Oregon. Used for erosion control along roads and trails, pinemat manzanita also provides food for small animals and birds like grouse. The pinemat grows up to 3 feet in height and has smooth and reddish brown bark. The bright green leaves of the pinemat are 1.5 centimeters wide with small hairs growing on both sides of the leaf. The urn-shaped flowers are white and begin their blooming season in May. The pinemat is found growing along rocky slopes and prefers well-drained soil.

Step 1

Prune pinemat manzanita in the fall and after a majority of the leaves and fruit have fallen. This will ensure vigorous and healthy growth the following season.

Step 2

Prune back the pinemat manzanita with pruning shears, which create sharp cuts up to ¾ inches in diameter. Thin back the shrub by cutting off weak branches and stems to their point of origin. Thinning produces a more open shrub and highlights the branch's internal structure.

Step 3

Remove all lateral or side branches that cross each other and are twisted. Prune pest-infested or diseased stems by removing the whole branch. This will prevent infecting the shrub from insects and diseases.

Step 4

Prune to one central branch and remove competing twigs on young pinemat manzanita shrubs. This process will free up essential and needed nutrients to the central branch and create a stronger plant. Remove any suckers or small vigorous shoots growing from the root of the shrub as soon as they are visible.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear protective gardening gloves when using pruning shears.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • Pinemat Manzanita Plant Guide: USDA
  • Texas A&M University Extension
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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.