|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.
Check rare plant nurseries for this native of central California's rugged coastal slopes. Oval to slightly triangular leaves have white waxy surfaces, smooth undersides. Bark is reddish or gray. Reddish fruits reach 1/3 inch.
Attributes - Arctostaphylos pajaroensis
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Late Winter through Mid Spring
Flower Color: White
Height: 3 ft. to 12 ft.
Width: 12 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance.
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