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Arctostaphylos canescens ssp. canescens

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos canescens ssp. canescens
Common Name: Hoary Manzanita

Can grow to 6' tall. Usually knotty, lower growing shrub. Requires good drainage. Handsome specimen with white, hairy foliage. Ages beautifully. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 1'-6' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: Full sun; Inland: Part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?:
Distribution: Rincon Ridge near Santa Rosa in Sonoma County; western Klamath Range, Outer North Coast Range, western San Francisco Bay area
Natural Habitat: Ridges, slopes, chaparral, forest between 600' and 4500'

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Care and Maintenance
  • With proper placement, manzanitas should 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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