Dry sunny sites such as rock outcrops and rocky slopes. Occurs along the coastal ranges from Sonoma County, California to the Puget Lowlands and Vancouver Island (Pojar et al., 1994)
Dry, well-drained sandy and rocky soils preferred.
Poor soil nutrient regime (Ministry of Forests, 1994). Like other members of the Ericaceae family, has an obligate relationship with mycorrhizal (Baker, 2003).
Acidic soils of pH 4-6.5
Very dry to dry sites. Will grow in moister areas providing soils are well-drained.
Full sun to light shade.
Late seral to climax in dry open coastal forests.
In BC, range confined to just north of Vancouver and to the southern portion of Vancouver Island (Kruckeberg, 1982). Characteristic of the Coastal Douglas-fir zone (CDF and CDFmm), especially the dry sub-zone (Green and Klinka, 1994). Also occurs in the Costal Western Hemlock zone (CWH) (Klinkenberg, 2004). Hairy manzanita is often found with other ericaceous plants such as huckleberry, salal and Pacific madrone. Other common species include Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.), snowbrush (Ceanothus spp.), vine maple (Acer circinatum), beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax), various penstemon species, Oregon stonecrop (Sedum oregonese), and various fern species (Baker, 2003).