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Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Buxifolia'

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Buxifolia'
Common Name: Buxifolia Manzanita

Low, compact evergreen groundcover with small leaves resembling boxwood. Very tidy and formal-looking. Recommended for coastal gardens.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 1' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Low, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White-Pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden
Natural Habitat: Coastal bluffs

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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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