Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Common Name: Howard McMinn Manzanita
- One of the most popular and easy to grow manzanitas. Tolerates heavy soils and garden care. Beautiful all year. Use as sheared screen, in large container, or as a specimen. Blooms later and longer than many other manzanitas. Flowers attract hummingbirds.
- Plant Family: Ericaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 4-6' H x 6' W
- Growth Habit: Dense, upright but spreading
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 15-20 degrees F
- Flower Season: Winter
- Flower Color: White to light pink
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Selected for use in the garden; introduced by Saratoga Horticultural Foundation
- Natural Habitat: Slopes, canyons, hillsides, hot open areas
- 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.
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.