Small green leaves and light pink flowers combine with the expected good bark color and texture and trunks and branches. This will be an open broad rounded shrub 6 or 7 feet tall and as wide in ten years depending on the gardener. Drought tolerant, this requires little summer water in our dry summers and good drainage is key.
A Bay Area species thought to be extinct until a single plant was discovered in 2009 during a botanical survey prior to a freeway expansion. This one plant was dug and lifted by crane for transplanting to San Francisco Botanical Garden and one of the first propagations was given to us by the curator.
Extremely handsome big evergreen shrub with classic mahogany bark peeling to reveal that much loved Hi-Gloss finish. Pink urn-shaped flowers in spring age white followed by russet berries liked by birds. Leaves are held perpendicular to the sun to conserve water. Good drainage, no fertilizer.
Very choice species native to CA and growing on old stablized sand dunes where it can reach 3' high and twice as wide. This could make a nice specimen plant, low hedge or large informal groundcover. Drought and salt tolerant with early season white flowers and birds will eat the fruit.
Here is the answer for those who want to grow a classy groundcover Manzanita that isn't Kinnikinnick. We planted a 1 gallon plant 5 years ago in our dry garden and it is 1 foot tall and making a 6 foot circle. Small glossy leaves on reddish stems and white bells in spring. Good things come in small packages.
Arctostaphylos afficionados Paul and Greg at Xera Plants say this is their favorite Manzanita which made it a must-have for us. Fits in the home garden and tolerant of garden conditions, this get just 2' high by 4' across in time. Rocking reddish new growth turns to blue-green. Pink flowers late winter. Drought tolerant.
Choice small tree-like shrub to 10' with large clusters of pearl pink flowers in winter. Lightly furry blue-gray leaves combined with twisted smooth bark of a rich chestnut brown makes this one of the finest cultivars. Full sun and good drainage and happy with no summer water when established.
This hybrid of Arctostaphylos coloradoensis is an introduction from the PlantSelect program in Colorado. This evergreen smaller Manzanita from the Rockies is going to be very cold and heat tolerant A low spreading shrub 1 to 2 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet across with soft pink flowers.
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