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Arctostaphylos manzanita

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arctostaphylos (ark-toh-STAF-ih-los) (Info)
Species: manzanita (man-za-NEE-tuh) (Info)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Acton, California

Lompoc, California

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara, California

Saratoga, California

Willits, California

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 24, 2015, CentralCoaster from Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

I am considering planting this shrub in a planter in my front yard. Knowing that the Manzanita is related to the Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), I wonder if they share the same drawback? I had a Strawberry tree which was lovely EXCEPT for the mess that it left on the ground, of the fallen leaves and especially the fallen soft fruits. Are the fruits of the Manzanita soft like those of the Strawberry tree? Thank you.


On Feb 25, 2006, tamiwhynot from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

I bought this plant in a 1 gallon container at the Theador Payne Native Garden Plant sale a few months ago. I planted it on the side of my house that gets very little sun. Early AM if at all.
I went out to look at it a few weeks ago, and someone had trampled it but it was still alive. I proped it back up.
I went out to look at it this morning and to my extreme surprise, it had bloomed!
The plant is no taller than 5"! Every branch has a cluster of fruity blooms. I will try to take a picture and upload it! Did I fail to mention the area that I planted this little wonder plant is to say the least neglected?


On Jan 11, 2005, pete2255 from South East,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Difficult to cultivate in a garden. I have managed it with one plant grown from seed collected in 1990 near Yosemite Ca.
Tall leggy shrub best feature its bright mahogany coloured bark which is shed each year to reveal anew even brighter one. Dull green leaves and sticky clusters of bell shaped flowers pink in colour in May.(in S.E. England). As yet not set seed for me. Intresting! pete2255


On Feb 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great California native shrub with the most incredible colored reddish wood- extremely hard, too. that's why it is the most commonly sold wood for bird perches- lasts a long time with their constant gnawing, and it's ornamental and smooth as well. Very drought tolerant plant.


On Oct 17, 2002, Ulrich from Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

This beautiful plant is almost impossible to transplant or to grow in the garden.
It is very common in the mountains of California.