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Arctostaphylos tomentosa ssp. tomentosa

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Arctostaphylos tomentosa
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Arctostaphylos tomentosa

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos tomentosa ssp. tomentosa
Common Name: Wooly-Leaf Manzanita

This uncommon manzanita has smooth gray bark. Does best near coast in chaparral or among pine forest. Excellent medium size shrub for hummingbirds and wildlife such as quail.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3-8' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, acidic
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Central and South Coast (Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties)
Natural Habitat: Sandy soils, chaparral, coniferous forest below 660'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Small spreading shrub 2 to 4 feet high with somewhat downy stems and leaves. White or pale pink flowers appearing profusely in winter or spring. Very desirable for dry places, especially where a small shrub is required. Gallon cans, 75c."
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