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Arctostaphylos hooveri

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Species Name: Arctostaphylos hooveri
Common Name: Hoover's Manzanita

An uncommon manzanita that would be a good choice under pines, especially inland where afternoon shade is preferred. Limited distribution. Endemic to California.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Upright, tree-like
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 3000'
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Light pink
Endangered?: List 4/ RED1-1-3
Distribution: Santa Lucia Mountains
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, woodland. Elevation: 2100' - 3000'

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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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