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Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Carmel Sur'

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Carmel Sur'
Common Name: Carmel Sur Manzanita

Dense, attractive, formal groundcover. New growth is bright green. Tolerates regular water and garden care. Recommended for erosion control. Produces few flowers--plant for foliage.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Mounding groundcover
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Light pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden. Introduced by Saratoga Horticultural Foundation
Natural Habitat: Coastal scrub, chaparral

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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.

Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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