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Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Ken Taylor'

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Species Name: Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Ken Taylor'
Common Name: Ken Taylor Manzanita

A beautiful groundcover with bright green leaves and trailing maroon branches that root when they touch the ground. Tolerant of clay soils if on a slope. Best on coast.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Groundcover
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White/Pink
Distribution: Selected for the garden
Natural Habitat: Selected for the garden

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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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