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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'James West'

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos densiflora 'James West'
Common Name: James West Manzanita

This is an excellent large-scale groundcover for dry areas. Needs little or no water once established. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Give full sun near coast, some afternoon shade inland.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 18-24 in. H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Low, groundcover
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: 15-20 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White to light pink
Endangered?:
Distribution: Selected for the garden
Natural Habitat: Dry, hot slopes, hills, canyons

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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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