Arctostaphylos refugioensis

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Arctostaphylos refugioensis

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos refugioensis
Common Name: Refugio Manzanita

Rare and endangered in a portion of its range. This manzanita has distinctive maroon bark and an upright form. Flame-colored new shoots in spring. An early bloomer. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 12' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Upright, usually multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White/Pink
Endangered?: List 1B / RED 2-2-3
Distribution: Southern portions of Outer South Coast Range, western portions of Western Transverse Range, Santa Ynez Mountains
Natural Habitat: Sandstone outcrops, chaparral. Elevation 900 - 2400'.

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