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Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. hearstiorum

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. hearstiorum
Common Name: Hearst's Manzanita

A very attractive low growing manzanita good for coastal gardens. It will root at nodes where it touches ground. Known from only 5 occurrences in the Arroyo de la Cruz area near Hearst's Castle. Threatened by grazing.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 3-6in. H x 3-6' W
Growth Habit: Low, mat-forming
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Infrequent to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Light pink
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 3-2-3
Distribution: Central Coast, Arroyo de la Cruz, San Simeon
Natural Habitat: Sandy terraces, 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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