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A Guide to Arctostaphylos (Manzanita) Species & Selections


Growing Arctostaphylos (Manzanita)


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Guide to Arctostaphylos (Manzanita) Species, Selections and Hybrids
Species Common Name Derivation /Origins/Type

Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

H x W
Flower Color Best Features Drought Tolerance
      Sun PS Sh Height Width White Pink   L M H
Arctostaphylos densiflora
 'Howard McMinn'
Selection der;A. densiflora, Endangered. North Coastal Cal. below 300' Sun PS - 5-7' H 6-10' W - Pink Light green upright leaves, gnarly dark red bark, profuse pink flowers, easy to grow, and adaptable to various conditions. Cold Hardy to 15°F - M H
Arctostaphylos edmundsii
'Carmel Sur'
Little Sur Manzanita Central Coast - PS - 2-3' H 4-6' H - Pink Glossy bright green groundcover with pink flowers gives a tidy look.  Heavy soils are okay. - M -
Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet' Hybrid der; A. uva-ursi X A. nummularia Sun PS - 10-18" H 24-36" W Wh - Dark green groundcover, fungus resistant, and very adaptable to sun, soils, 15°F. - M H

Eastwood Manzanita

Inland Mountains of So. Cal.

Sun - - 10-12' H 8-12' W Wh - Deep red bark, big berries, gray-green leaves, slope stabilizing roots. Cold Hardy. - - H


Chaparral, Inland Mountains of So. Cal. Sun - - 10-15' H 10'W Wh   Dark red bark, big berries, gray-green foliage, deep roots, Very hardy! - - H

Arctostaphylos ‘Greensphere’

Hybrid   der; A. edmundsii, Monterey County.   Sun PS - 4' H   
In age, 6' H 
4' W
In age, 6' W
- Pink Forms a formal, dense, dark green sphere with pink flowers at branch tips. Adaptable to a variety of soils. Cold Hardy. - M H
Arctostaphlyos hookeri ‘Buxifolius’
Monterey Manzanita  Monterey Peninsula, where it grows in full sun and sandy soils.  Sun PS - - - - - - - M H

Arctostaphylos hookeri ‘Sunset’

Hybrid,  Monterey County der; A. hookeri x A. pajaroensis Sun PS - 5' H 5' W Wh - Adaptable.  Moderately sized, coppery new growth. - M H
Arctostaphlyos hookeri ‘Wayside' Monterey Manzanita  selection
Monterey Peninsula, where it grows in full sun and sandy soils.  
Sun PS - 4' H  8' W - Pink A mounding shrub with exceptional shape and pretty pink flowers. Good on slopes and under trees.  Tolerant of all soils.  Cold Hardy to 15°F. - M H
Arctostaphylos insularis

Island Manzanita

Channel Islands

Sun PS -

10-15’ H

 10-15’ W

Wh - Best used in very large landscape plantings and in transitional gardens. - M H
‘John Dourley’
Selection  RS Ana Botanic Garden.   - Coastal Sun Inland PS -  2-3’ H  7-8’ W - Pink Compact growth with grayish leaves, red-tinged new leaves and pink blushed flowers.  Okay in heavy soils. - M H

Arctostaphylos manzanita 
‘Dr. Hurd’

Dr Hurd’s Manzanita

der; A. manzanita, Foothills of California

Sun - -

15’ H

15' W Wh -

Sculptural, dark red trunk with large, mint green leaves, deep roots, heat, drought and cold hardy to 15°F.


- H

Arctostaphylos nummularia 
‘Small Change’

Ft. Bragg Manzanita

Coastal California

- PS Sh 4-12" H  1-3’ W Wh - Dark green small features make this a good rock garden plant. Shade ok inland. - M


Arctostaphylos pajaroensis ‘Paradise’

Pajaro Manzanita

Coastal California Sun PS - 5-10 ’H  8' W - Pink Has bright, copper-colored foliage when young, deepening in age.  Adaptable. Heavy soils okay. - M H
'Pacific Mist'
- - Sun PS - 2 1/2' H 4-6' W Wh - Fast spreading groundcover. Pretty narrow gray leaves, red bark.  Good in all soils, full sun. Cold hardy to 15°F. - M H
Arctostaphylos ‘Sunset' Hybrid,  Monterey County der; A. hookeri x A. pajaroensis Sun PS - 5' H 5' W Wh - Light green foliage tipped in copper,  Moderately sized, Adaptable. - M H
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Point Reyes’ Bearberry Coastal California Sun PS - 1-2'H 10'W - Pink Small, dark green foliage, creeps widely.  Heavy soils okay, Heat, smog, cold hardy to 15°F. - M H




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