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Arctostaphylos wellsii

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Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos wellsii
Common Name: Pismo Manzanita or Well's Manzanita

Beautiful grey foliage and red bark. Rare and threatened by urbanization. Endemic to California. Needs good drainage.

Plant Family: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 4-6' W
Growth Habit: Shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: List 1B / 2-3-3
Distribution: Hills southeast of San Luis Obispo
Natural Habitat: Closed-cone coniferous forest, sandstone outcrops, chaparral. Elevation: 90 -1200'.

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