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Arctostaphylos auriculata

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos auriculata
Common Name: Mount Diablo Manzanita

Rare and endemic to California, known from fewer than 20 occurrences. A medium to large manzanita shrub with wooly grey-green leaves and white flowers. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3'-12' H x 3'-12' W
Growth Habit: Mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 3-1-3
Distribution: East San Francisco Bay Area - Mount Diablo
Natural Habitat: Chaparral (sandstone). Elevation: 400'-2000'

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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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