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Arctostaphylos auriculata 'Knobcone Point'

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos auriculata 'Knobcone Point'
Common Name: 'Knobcone Point' Manzanita selection

'Knobcone Point' is an unusual selection of manzanita that retains its close-set juvenile leaves, creating a unique fish scale-like effect that makes up for the fact that you can't see the branches and bark. Foliage is an attractive blue-green. Excellent in both coastal and inland gardens. Pale pinkish-white flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 5' H x 8' W
Growth Habit: Upright
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: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Light pink/White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected from species in eastern 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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