any of several shrubs or small trees (genus Arctostaphylos) of the heath family, found in the W U.S.
AmSp < Sp, dim. of manzana, apple: see manchineel
See manzanita in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Any of several evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Arctostaphylos of the Pacific coast of North America, especially A. manzanita, bearing white or pink flowers in drooping panicles and producing red berrylike drupes.
Origin: , diminutive of manzana, apple; see manchineel