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Arctostaphylos cruzensis

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Arctostaphylos cruzensis
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Arctostaphylos cruzensis

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos cruzensis
Common Name: Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita

This endangered manzanita makes an excellent coastal groundcover. Dense growth and many clusters of white flowers in winter and spring. Needs little or no water once established. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 3' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Dense, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: Full sun, Inland: Part Sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: List 1B/ RED 2-2-3
Distribution: Monterey, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Natural Habitat: Sandy bluffs below 450'

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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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