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Trip May 4th, 2008 04:44 PM

California Cruisemates...Help
Do Manzanita trees grow all over the state? Do you guys have them in your back yards, like we have maples, & pine trees?

I suddenly have this desire to make a centerpiece from these branches, which I have seen on a design show. I looked online and they seem so pricey.. Any resources you can suggest, that I can buy a bunch and not break the bank? Thanks so much, for any info.

April May 4th, 2008 08:31 PM

Oh my gosh--- a high school science field trip is flashing back to me--
No they dont grow all over the place-----I'm thinking slightly higher elevations----I know they grow in my local Santa Cruz Mts etc
I know that you can buy pieces at pet stores and I'm sure a few other hobbie shop type stores too

I'm sure you can find more info online somewhere----?
sorry my mind is drawing a big blank-----as for the science field trip--- no thats wasnt a dead rattle snake lying on the road--- it was alive and well sunning itself-----------now that I will never forget


CruisinK n J May 4th, 2008 08:54 PM

California CruiseMates - Help
April, LOL!

Trip, they don't grow around here. Keith says in the mountains. I'd suggest going on line, too.


Trip May 4th, 2008 09:37 PM

As mentioned I did some checking, and, they just seemed pricey per branch..I will keep on my mission..thanks ladies....

mteague May 5th, 2008 04:12 PM


Maybe Kat can get you a hookup when she gets back from her cruise on the Freedom! Send her a PM!


Trip May 5th, 2008 07:41 PM

Thanks Mel, I will do that;)

justgr8fl2cruise May 5th, 2008 11:34 PM

Perhaps you need to take a trip to the California central coast (santa cruz mountains) or perhaps the Sierras where they grow a plenty and cut yourself some.

Always looking for a reason to vacation right?

Perhaps a cruise that stops in SF or Monterey for the day !!

Trip May 30th, 2008 08:56 AM

bumped, for Katladys advice;):)

Luanne Russo May 30th, 2008 10:02 AM

That reminds me of the fact that in the stores here in Texas, you can buy 4 pine cones for $10.00 :shock:

katlady May 30th, 2008 10:05 AM


Originally Posted by Trip
bumped, for Katladys advice;):)

These trees like San Francisco climate. In fact one of the rarest types of Manzanita tree grows at the Presidio. It's the Raven's manzanita
"Only one single plant existed as of 1987. That plant is located in the Presidio. Since 1987, a number of clones have been propagated from cuttings off the parent plant and have been planted at several sites around the Presidio."
They also like Big Sur (Near Santa Cruz as April pointed out).
Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Big Pine, California. To name a few.

For purchasing the branches these seem like the cheapest websites. You can get them sandblasted or with the natural red color. I like the red. I think Save on Crafts has the nicest ones at the best price.
Same site different webpage.
Same site different webpage
I hope that helped. :D

katlady May 30th, 2008 10:07 AM

So pretty.

Trip May 30th, 2008 08:08 PM

Thanks so much Kat, boy that one you pictured, is a biggie. I actually searched and found that craft site you mentioned. I guess whan I am ready thats the one I will always you are a fountain of information..xoxoox

Divemaster May 30th, 2008 11:45 PM

That's nothing - I've seen our Texas green anole lizards sold in Alaska for $25 a head. Yee haw, let's round up them doggies and herd them to the railhead at Anchorage! LOL


Originally Posted by Luanne Russo
That reminds me of the fact that in the stores here in Texas, you can buy 4 pine cones for $10.00 :shock:

katlady May 31st, 2008 12:52 AM

Hi Trip your request got me thinking of a sunday drive my hubby and I took to Mount Tamalpais just outside of San Francisco. I looked at my hubby's pictures and look at this.
It's your Manzanita trees had I know how much a branch cost I might have taken my pruning shears. LOL

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