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Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. crassifolia

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. crassifolia
Common Name: Del Mar Manzanita

A shrub for coastal gardens. Beautiful light green foliage and edible berries. Clusters of urn-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Deer-resistant. Endangered and threatened by urbanization and agricultural development.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 6-8' W
Growth Habit: Shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White-pink
Endangered?: List 1B /RED 3-3-2
Distribution: San Diego County, Baja, CA
Natural Habitat: Sandstone outcrops, bluffs, chaparral below 300'

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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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