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Arctostaphylos andersonii

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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'

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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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