Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. hookeri

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Species Name: Arctostaphylos hookeri ssp. hookeri
Common Name: San Francisco Hooker's Manzanita

This is a lovely low-growing manzanita good for slopes. Branches root where they touch the ground.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3' H x 3-4' W
Growth Habit: Low growing shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter
Flower Color: White-pink
Endangered?:
Distribution:
Natural Habitat:

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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.
History
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Procumbent or low growing shrub, 1/2 to 2 feet high with small bright green, shining leaves. Plants grow 6 feet across making a splendid ground cover. Gallon cans, $1.00."
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