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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos columbiana
Common Name: Hairy Manzanita
- Leathery green or blue-green foliage contrasts with red-brown branches. Pinkish-whie flowers appear in spring. A good choice for planting under pines in coastal areas. Flowers attract hummingbirds.
- Plant Family: Ericaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 6-15' H x 6-15' W
- Growth Habit: Shrub
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 20 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring
- Flower Color: Light pink/White
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: North Coast, CA to British Columbia
- Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, coniferous forest. Elevation: below 2400'
- 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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