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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos andersonii
Common Name: Santa Cruz Manzanita
- Endangered in a portion of its range and endemic to the Santa Cruz Mountains and threatened by development. White urn-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds in winter and spring.
- Plant Family: Ericaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 6-15' H x 6-15' W
- Growth Habit: Shrub or tree-like
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
- Flower Season: February - May
- Flower Color: White
- Endangered?: List 1B/RED 2-2-3
- Distribution: Santa Cruz Mountains
- Natural Habitat: Broadleaved upland forest, chaparral, North coast coniferous forest. Open sites, redwood forest. Elevation: below 2100'
- Care and Maintenance
- With proper placement, manzanitas require little maintenance. Selectively prune to remove dead branches or to reveal structure. Avoid unnecessary pruning. Manzanitas are prone to branch die-back, caused by a naturally occurring fungal pathogen. When removing dead branches, sterilize pruning shears with alcohol between cuts to prevent the spread of the disease.
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