Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'

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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Common Name: Howard McMinn Manzanita

One of the most popular and easy to grow manzanitas. Tolerates heavy soils and garden care. Beautiful all year. Use as sheared screen, in large container, or as a specimen. Blooms later and longer than many other manzanitas. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-6' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Dense, upright but spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15-20 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter
Flower Color: White to light pink
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden; introduced by Saratoga Horticultural Foundation
Natural Habitat: Slopes, canyons, hillsides, hot open areas

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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.

Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.