Arctostaphylos bakeri bakeri
|Commonly called Manzanita, which means "little apples" in Spanish, these ground covers, shrubs and small trees are often seen in the wild on the West Coast. Their dense clusters of drooping, urn-shaped, pink or white flowers develop into bright red, apple-shaped berries that attract birds. The mahogany-like bark twists and gnarls attractively. Low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, once established. Prefers well-drained, infertile, sandy soils, but tolerates heavy soils. Start from fall cuttings or plant small wild shrubs, as large specimens are difficult to transplant. Pinch to control growth.
This rare northern California native thrives on otherwise barren outcroppings of blue-green serpentine rock. Look for it at specialty nurseries. Stems are covered with fine, dense bristles.
Attributes - Arctostaphylos bakeri bakeri
Plant Type: Shrub
Height: 3 ft. to 9 ft.
Width: 9 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Arctostaphylos manzanita, Arctostaphylos pajaroensis, Arctostaphylos regis-montana, Arctostaphylos stanfordiana 'Palisades', Arctostaphylos stanfordiana bakeri 'Louis Edmonds', Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Emerald Carpet', Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Gold'