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Vine Hill Manzanita 'Howard McMinn'

Arctostaphylos densiflora

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arctostaphylos (ark-toh-STAF-ih-los) (Info)
Species: densiflora (den-see-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Howard McMinn



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



This plant is fire-retardant

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Green Valley, Arizona

Fresno, California

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Orinda, California

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Richmond, California

San Jose, California

Temecula, California

Ventura, California

Eugene, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 4, 2013, MulchingMan from Eugene, OR wrote:

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, have clay soil, and want an upright manzanita, this is the one to get. The foliage on mine looks healthier than that of most of my native plants. Like some of the other A. densiflora cultivars and hybrids, young plants will give you a quick burst of growth if given the right conditions. I planted a one-gallon individual that was roughly the size of my hand back in March. After six months (and once-a-week watering between June and August), it grew to over 2' x 2'. (It probably helped that I had a previously-established mycorrhizal grid in the soil.) Its tolerance of garden conditions is also pretty impressive. You can plant it a few feet from a lawn and it should do fine as long as you keep the summer water away from the crown and hold it to once... read more


On Oct 18, 2010, Oxytone from Marina, CA wrote:

Manzanitas are oddly left out of most California native gardens, perhaps due to their reputation of being prissy with root disturbance, slow growth, and lack of tolerance for garden conditions. However they are probably the most interesting in terms of color, form, flowers, and toughness when established. They consistently look neat, tidy, and fresh even in the middle of Summer.

This is probably THE manzanita planted in commercial plantings, but that shouldn't stop you from trying it. It's said to be relatively quick growing for a manzanita, and it is absolutely floriferous in Spring. It's also the most forgiving of Manzanitas in garden settings, so if one wants to grow any of the manzanitas, this should be the one to start out with.


On May 11, 2004, Nocturnerose from Antioch, CA wrote:

Beautiful, smooth, unmistakable bark which peals to reveal it's smooth texture many times over a year or season. Howard McMinn is the most common of the Manzanitas and is easy to find at nurseries (not big name stores like Wal-Mart or K-Mart, but ones such as Navlets, Yardbirds or possibly Home Depot). Most manzanitas are native to California and have origin's from the Mediterranean. They are in the same family as the arbutus, which also has natives in California. They are easily related by the smoothness of their bark and it's distinctive pealing. A plant that is ignored in many Californian yards, as it's one of the lovliest to have around and show off.


On Mar 30, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice looking Manzanita and probably the easiest to adapt to a garden setting... a bit more water tolerant than most (Manzanitas don't like to be watered much). Upright shrub- good for borders between neighbors. Flowers attractive to all sorts of nectar-loving animals. Nice red hard wood.