Arctostaphylos glauca

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Arctostaphylos glauca
Arctostaphylos glauca

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos glauca
Common Name: Blue Manzanita or Bigberry Manzanita

Beautiful tree-like habit with large pale green foliage and gorgeous red bark. Fast-growing for a manzanita. Beautiful specimen, and tough as nails. Edible fruit. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 12' H x 12' W
Growth Habit: Shrub or small tree
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northeast San Francisco Bay (Mt. Diablo), Inner South Coast Range, Transverse Range, Peninsular Range, southwest Desert Mtns. (Little San Bernardino Mtns.)
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, chaparral, woodland. Elevation: below 4500'

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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.
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "An interesting shrub with crooked red-barked branches and handsome glaucous foliage. Particularly attractive in mid-winter when covered with clusters of white or pink urn-shaped flowers. Especially desirable for dry places. Gallon cans, $1.00."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.