Shrub-Tree- Manzanitas

  • Arctostaphylos john dourley By Stickpen
    Common Name:    Manzanitas of California

    Botanical Name:    Arctostaphylos

    Family:    Ericaceae

    Arctostaphylos manzanita By Pimpinellus
    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

    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

    Arctostaphylos uva-ursi by Jason Hollinger
    Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers:    Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds; berries attract birds

    Pruning time & method:    Selectively prune only to remove dead branches or reveal structure. Require minimal maintenance; avoid unnecessary pruning.

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