Fl. N.W. Amer., 415. 1901 ,
Shrubs, erect or mound-forming, 1–3 m; burl absent; twigs finely glandular-hairy. Leaves: petiole 3–6 mm; blade dark green, dull, elliptic to oblanceolate, 1–3 × 0.5–1.5 cm, base cuneate, margins entire, plane, surfaces scabrous, papillate, finely glandular-hairy. Inflorescences panicles, 3–6-branched; immature inflorescence pendent, branches spreading or ascending to erect, axis 1–2 cm, to 1 mm diam., finely glandular-hairy; bracts tightly appressed, scalelike, awl-like, 2–4 mm (equaling buds), apex acuminate, surfaces finely glandular-hairy; (buds scattered along inflorescence axis, round, appearing as “beads”). Pedicels 3–5 mm, glabrous. Flowers: corolla white, urceolate; ovary glabrous. Fruits subglobose, 5–7 mm diam., glabrous. Stones distinct. 2n = 26.
Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: Serpentine chaparral and open forests on sandstone
Elevation: 100-1100 m
Arctostaphylos hispidula is known from Josephine County, Oregon, and adjacent California in Del Norte and Humboldt counties; there is an isolated population in northern Sonoma County, California.