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Arctostaphylos pajaroensis

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos pajaroensis
Common Name: Pajaro Manzanita

Old leaves are bright green, new leaves are flame red. A rare manzanita with shredding bark from the rapidly disappearing scrub community on the Central coast. Threatened by development. Flowers attract hummingbirds.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-6' H x 3-6' W
Growth Habit: Low, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Endangered?: List 1B/2-3-3
Distribution: Pajaro Hills, south San Francisco Bay, Central Coast
Natural Habitat: Chaparral below 600'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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