Arctostaphylos manzanita ssp. manzanita

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos manzanita ssp. manzanita
Common Name: Common Manzanita

Tree-like growth. Grows well in heavy soils. Tolerates occasional summer water. Highly recommended as specimen. Good under pines.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10-25' H x 18' W
Growth Habit: Tree-like
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable, acidic
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White to pink
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern Outer North Coast Range, Inner North Coast Range, Foothill of the Cascade Range, North and Central Foothills of Sierra Nevada, San Francisco Bay
Natural Habitat: Slopes, chaparral, rocky soils, woodland, forest

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "An erect or sometimes widely branched shrub 6 to 12 feet high and occasionally reaching a height of 20 feet or more. Reddish brown trunk and branches, smooth, green, leathery foliage. Flowers white or sometimes tinged with pink appearing abundantly in winter or spring. A very handsome shrub, especially suitable for dry locations, but will tolerate some watering. Gallon cans, 75c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.