Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. franciscana
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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'
- 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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