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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn / Howard McMinn Manzanita

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Family: Ericaceae

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This shrub is highly appreciated for its decorative characteristics, which include a dense show of small, pale pink urn-shaped flowers in winter and spring. Above all, it is the mahogany-red to brown bark (which peels beautifully) that is the major attraction. Its small, red fruit resembles the tike apple, appearing in summer through winter. Evergreen, shiny leaves are very neat and tidy. It can reach 8' tall and 10 wide. Prune to desired size and expose bark. This shrub attracts butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. It does best in full sun in coastal areas and afternoon shade in warm, inland areas with well draining soil. It tolerates sand and clay soil. A great hedge plant. Established plants need little or no water in coastal areas and occasional watering in warmer areas. A reliable plant in Southern California.  Information by: GardenSoft

Anatomy

Plant Type

Shrub

Height Range

6-12'

Width Range

6-12'

Flower Color

Pink

Flower Season

Winter, Spring

Leaf Color

Green

Bark Color

Red

Fruit Color

Red

Fruit Season

Winter, Summer, Fall

Culture

Sun

Full, Half

Water

Low

Growth Rate

Slow

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky

Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry

Soil pH

Neutral

Adverse Factors

n/a

Sunset Zones

7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Susceptibilities

n/a

Tolerances

Salt Ocean Spray, Deer

Design

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish

Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Specimen

Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring

Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Park, Raised Planter, Walls / Fences

Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting

Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

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