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Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. franciscana

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Arctostaphylos hookeri franciscana
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Arctostaphylos hookeri franciscana

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. franciscana
Common Name: Franciscan Manzanita

Great groundcover recommended for slopes. Super tough, can handle full sun to part shade inland. Likes some summer water. Beautiful red berries in spring after winter blooms.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 2 - 3' H x 8' W
Growth Habit: Low shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Selected for use in the garden, species found in Northern and central Central Coast, western San Francisco Bay Area
Natural Habitat: Parent species found in coastal scrub and woodlands to 900'

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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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