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Arctostaphylos imbricata

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Species Name: Arctostaphylos imbricata
Common Name: San Bruno Mountain Manzanita

An uncommon manzanita groundcover with large light green clasping leaves. Endangered and threatened. Endemic to California.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 1' H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Light pink
Endangered?: List 1B/ RED3-3-3
Distribution: West San Fransisco Bay (San Bruno Mountain)
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, coastal scrub (rocky). Elevation: 800-1200'

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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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