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Arctostaphylos glauca 'Margarita Pearl'

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos glauca 'Margarita Pearl'
Common Name: Margarita Pearl Manzanita

Large white flowers appear in winter. Large gray leaves are typical of Big Berry manzanita. Recommended as accent shrub. Loves hot, dry areas. Attracts hummingbirds. No summer water once established!

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6'-9' H x 3'-6' W
Growth Habit: Upright, treelike
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden. Introduced by Las Pilitas Nursery.
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, chaparral, woodland

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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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