Arctostaphylos edmundsii

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos edmundsii
Common Name: Little Sur Manzanita

Endangered and threatened by foot traffic and non-native plants. Forms a compact, mounding evergreen shrub. Tolerates heavy soil, partial shade, and summer irrigation, especially in inland gardens. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 4-6' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading groundcover
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 3-2-3
Distribution: Northwest Monterey County, CA
Natural Habitat: Coastal bluff scrub, chaparral. Elevation: 100-300'.

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Care and Maintenance
  • With proper placement, manzanitas should 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.