Leafl. W. Bot. 9: 152. 1961 ,
Shrubs or trees, erect, 2–8 m; burl absent; twigs densely fine-hairy, with long, white, gland-tipped hairs. Leaves: petiole 3–6 mm; blade glaucous, dull, oblong to ovate, 4–6 × 2–3 cm, base lobed, auriculate, (not clasping), margins entire, plane, surfaces papillate, scabrous, glandular-hairy, ± glabrescent. Inflorescences panicles, 4–6-branched; immature inflorescence pendent, (concealed by bracts), axis 1.5–2.5 cm, 1+ mm diam., densely fine-hairy with long, white, gland-tipped hairs; bracts not appressed, leaflike, lanceolate, 8–20 mm, apex acuminate, surfaces glandular-hairy. Pedicels 8–15 mm, finely glandular-hairy. Flowers: corolla white, conic to urceolate; ovary finely glandular-hairy. Fruits depressed-globose, 6–10 mm diam., glandular-hairy, (viscid). Stones distinct. 2n = 26.
Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: Chaparral, open conifer forests
Elevation: 900-1200 m
Of conservation concern.
Arctostaphylos hooveri is known from the northern Santa Lucia Mountains in Monterey County. Populations are associated with openings in yellow pine forests and patches of chaparral.