Many species of Manzanita are present in western North America ranging from Canada to Mexico. They are characteristic plants of a habitat, or biome, called chaparral. Manzanitas are evergreen shrubs or small trees with interesting smooth reddish, almost polished-looking bark. At mid-elevation locations in Arizona, the local chaparral biome is more simplified and is referred to as interior chaparral. These Manzanitas (Arctostaphylos pungens) were photographed at about 6,800′ in the Santa Catalina Mountains of Arizona.