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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Ian Bush'

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Ian Bush'
Common Name: Ian Bush Manzanita

Fast-growing for a manzanita. Good specimen or informal hedge for a small garden. Has a naturally open structure revealing dark red bark. Accepts clay soil. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 4-6' H x 3-6' W
Growth Habit: Upright, open
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter
Flower Color: Light pink-white
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected for the garden
Natural Habitat: Selected for the garden

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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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