Arctostaphylos columbiana

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos columbiana
Common Name: Hairy Manzanita

Leathery green or blue-green foliage contrasts with red-brown branches. Pinkish-whie flowers appear in spring. A good choice for planting under pines in coastal areas. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-15' H x 6-15' W
Growth Habit: Shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 20 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Light pink/White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast, CA to British Columbia
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, coniferous forest. Elevation: below 2400'

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Care and Maintenance
  • With proper placement, manzanitas require little maintenance. Selectively prune to remove dead branches or to reveal structure. Avoid unnecessary pruning. Manzanitas are prone to branch die-back, caused by a naturally occurring fungal pathogen. When removing dead branches, sterilize pruning shears with alcohol between cuts to prevent the spread of the disease.

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