|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 shrub's bright red berries appear in late summer.
Attributes - Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Gold'
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Late Winter through Mid Spring
Flower Color: Pink, White
Height: 2 in. to 1 ft. 6 in.
Width: 15 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Scales, Whiteflies.