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University of California
UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County
Common Name: Manzanitas of California|
Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos
Description: Evergreen group of shrubs native to California. Most have smooth mahogany to purple trunks and red stems with green/grey foliage.
Sun: Full to part sun
Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers: Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds; berries attract birds
Water: Drought tolerant; susceptible to overwatering
Soil: Tolerates most soils; prefer rocky or sandy soils with good drainage
Habit and form: Plants vary from creeping ground covers (on the coast - 2 inches high) to tree-like shrubs (interior to 20 feet tall)
Flower type: Most have small, urn-shaped flowers
Flower color & bloom season: Varies from pink to white
Pruning time & method: Selectively prune only to remove dead branches or reveal structure. Require minimal maintenance; avoid unnecessary pruning.
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