From California Natives Wiki
Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos glauca
Common Name: Blue Manzanita or Bigberry Manzanita
- Beautiful tree-like habit with large pale green foliage and gorgeous red bark. Fast-growing for a manzanita. Beautiful specimen, and tough as nails. Edible fruit. Flowers attract hummingbirds.
- Plant Family: Ericaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 12' H x 12' W
- Growth Habit: Shrub or small tree
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 10 degrees F
- Flower Season: Winter/Spring
- Flower Color: White
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Northeast San Francisco Bay (Mt. Diablo), Inner South Coast Range, Transverse Range, Peninsular Range, southwest Desert Mtns. (Little San Bernardino Mtns.)
- Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, chaparral, woodland. Elevation: below 4500'
- 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.
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "An interesting shrub with crooked red-barked branches and handsome glaucous foliage. Particularly attractive in mid-winter when covered with clusters of white or pink urn-shaped flowers. Especially desirable for dry places. Gallon cans, $1.00."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.