|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 tall shrub is one of the most adaptable of the Manzanitas, with red bark and interesting, crooked branching that make it ornamental in winter.
Attributes - Arctostaphylos manzanita
Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Bloom Season: Late Winter through Early Spring
Flower Color: Pink, White
Height: 6 ft. to 20 ft.
Width: 10 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates.
Arctostaphylos bakeri bakeri, 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'