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Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Bert Johnson'

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Bert Johnson'
Common Name: Bert Johnson Manzanita

A dainty manzanita for the garden or rock garden. Has small dark green leaves and a densely mounding or cascading habit, making it a good choice for more formal gardens. New growth is bronze. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 1' H x 4-6' W
Growth Habit: Mounding ground cover
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White/Pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Introduced by Tilden Botanic 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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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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