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Arctostaphylos catalinae

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Arctostaphylos catalinae
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Arctostaphylos catalinae

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos catalinae
Common Name: Catalina Manzanita

Smooth red bark and trunk. Handles most soils. Best with some summer water. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Endangered in a portion of its range. Endemic to Catalina Island.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 18' H x 5-8' W
Growth Habit: Shrub-tree like
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: Sun: Inland: Part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: February - May
Flower Color: Light pink/White
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 2-2-3
Distribution: Santa Catalina Island, CA
Natural Habitat: Chaparral (volcanic). Ridges, Elevation: 250'-1800'

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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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