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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Hood Mountain'

(common manzanita)

A Nevin Smith introduction from Hood Mountain in Sonoma County, California.  A possible natural hybrid with A. canescens, this sturdy upright manzanita offers grayish-green leaves on sculpted dark purplish-grey branches, growing 8-10 ft. tall and wide at maturity. White, urn-shaped flowers in late winter/early spring are a favorite of hummingbirds and bees. The large upright manzanitas make stunning specimens and, where space allows, excellent hedge or screen plants. Plant in full sun where it will thrive with no summer irrigation once established.
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Laguna White' common manzanita
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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Laguna White'

(common manzanita)

Discovered along Guerneville Road near the Laguna de Santa Rosa, this remarkable manzanita boasts dense clusters of clear white flowers in winter with semi-glossy apple green leaves and burgundy colored bark. Plant in full sun where it will reach a height of about 8 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide or more over time. More garden tolerant than many manzanitas, this selection will accept occasional watering after establishment. Though drought tolerant, 'Laguna White' may benefit from deep monthly waterings in the summer, especially in hot interior sites. An excellent early source of nectar for hummingbirds and native bees.
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Mary's Blush' common manzanita
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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Mary's Blush'

(common manzanita)

Selected along Guerneville Rd. in Sonoma County. It has the form and size of the common manzanita, 6 feet or more, with the disease resistance of the Vine Hill manzanita hybrids. Around a foot of growth a year is reasonable to expect initially. It has a beautiful deep mahogany trunk & is heavy flowering with clusters of pink flowers followed by beautiful red berries. Give it sun, good drainage and summer drought, but it's more tolerant than most of less than ideal conditions. The manzanita berries can attract mockingbirds, robins, and Cedar Waxwings. If unpruned it can provide cover for quail and wren-tits and its flowers provide nectar for native bees & hummingbirds.
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Monica' common manzanita
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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Monica'

(common manzanita)

Found originally along Guerneville Rd. in Sonoma County. It has the form and size of the large common manzanita, 10 ft or more with time, and the disease resistance of the Vine Hill manzanita. Features a beautiful dark mahogany trunk and clusters of shell pink flowers set against dark, glossy leaves. More upright in form than most other tall manzanitas. Give it sun to light shade and summer drought, but it's more tolerant than most of some summer water.Provides food and cover for birds and its flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds and bumble bees.

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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Sebastopol White'

(common manzanita)

This upright manzanita displays dense growth of soft green, pointed leaves with clusters of white flowers in winter on a burnished mahogany trunk. Reaches a height of 8 ft or more and a width of at least 6 ft. Discovered along Guerneville Rd. in western Sonoma County. Very drought tolerant once established but will tolerate moderate irrigation when young. A disease resistant selection. Heavy soils are not a problem as long as water does not pool at the crown in winter. Enjoys full sun but will tolerate light shade.
Arctostaphylos montana ssp. montana  Mount Tamalpais manzanita
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Arctostaphylos montana ssp. montana

(Mount Tamalpais manzanita)

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Arctostaphylos montereyensis

(Monterey manzanita)

Beautiful pink flowers in winter and bright green leaves make this very rare manzanita from the Monterey Bay a must-have for the discerning collector. Slowly mounds to 5 or 6 ft. tall and round with a classic reddish trunk. Provide full sun to very light shade and occasional to no irrigation once established. So far we have found it to be surprisingly adaptable, tolerating some irrigation as it ages. Decent drainage will probably be needed. 
Arctostaphylos nummularia 'Bear Belly' glossy-leaf manzanita
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Arctostaphylos nummularia 'Bear Belly'

(glossy-leaf manzanita)

A remarkably compact selection of this shiny-leaved manzanita discovered by Ken Taylor at Haven’s Neck on the southern Mendocino coast. Little bell-like flowers of pink-tinged white emerge in late winter set against small, round leaves growing regularly along the stems. The slightly shaggy bark is a reddish-brown color and contrasts nicely with the dark green foliage. Over a few years,this plant reaches a height of about 1 foot and a width of about 3 feet. Unlike most manzanitas, this species needs moderate water and protection from the hot afternoon sun in inland locales. Makes a great container plant.
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Paradise' Pajaro manzanita
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Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Paradise'

(Pajaro manzanita)

This rare species offers striking foliage and flowers. Large flower clusters of a lovely shade of pink and are followed by prominent rusty-red berries, enjoyed by birds. Beautiful bronze new growth ages to an appealing blue-green which contrasts nicely with the shaggy cinnamon-colored bark. Approximately 6 ft. or more tall and 8 - 10 ft. across in 10 years. Full sun to light shade, excellent drainage with little to no water once established. Flowers are an excellent early source of nectar for hummingbirds and bumble bees.

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Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Warren Roberts'

(Pajaro manzanita)

This stunning manzanita displays coral-pink flowers in early winter set against chalky blue-green leaves. In the spring the burnished red new growth emerges creating a striking contrast with the older leaves. The widely curving branches covered with shaggy cinnamon colored bark create a wonderfully sculpted look. If left unpruned, this selection will form a broad drift, about 6ft. high and up to 8ft. wide. 'Warren Roberts' is denser and has more intense blue-green leaves than it's sister, 'Paradise'. Provide full sun to very light shade and occasional to no irrigation once established. Needs decent drainage.
Arctostaphylos sensitiva  glossyleaf manzanita
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Arctostaphylos sensitiva

(glossyleaf manzanita)

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Arctostaphylos silvicola  ghostly manzanita
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Arctostaphylos silvicola

(ghostly manzanita)

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Arctostaphylos stanfordiana

(Stanford manzanita)

One of the most beautiful of manzanitas with handsome dark mahogany bark, dense shiny green leaves and flowers ranging in color from intense pink to white. It's upright form ranges in height from 4 to 8 ft with a somewhat narrower width. Native to warmer areas of northern California's Coast Range, this species requires excellent drainage, full sun and NO water once established.

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Arctostaphylos stanfordiana 'Sonoma'

(Stanford manzanita)

Masses of deep pink flowers and glossy, deep green leaves are an enticing feature of this uncommon selection.  But what really distinguishes this cultivar from other Stanford manzanitas is the fact that it actually survives in the garden! Most other selections of this species are notoriously challenging to keep alive in cultivation. While fairly slow growing, the dense foliage mounds up over time to reach a height and width of about 5 ft. The striking burgundy-red trunks contrast nicely with the green leaves. Needs full sun and excellent drainage. No summer water once established.

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Arctostaphylos stanfordiana ssp. decumbens

(Rincon manzanita)

A Sonoma County endemic, this rare manzanita is from Rincon Ridge east of Santa Rosa. Low growing mounding shrub to as much as 3 ft tall by 4 ft. wide. Charming pink urn-shaped flowers in early spring. Handsome, rugged and drought tolerant. Best in full sun with good drainage, no water necessary once established. A good choice for lean soils, summer heat and drought.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Green Supreme' bearberry
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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Green Supreme'

(bearberry)

A superior garden hybrid of the trailing bearberry. A volunteer seedling discovered by staff at Tilden Regional Parks Botanic Garden. Ultimately spreads 4 - 12 ft. across and no more than 6 inches tall. Enjoys moderate to occasional irrigation.  The glossy bright green leaves create a beautiful groundcover. Tolerates a wide range of soil types with reasonable drainage. Very disease resistant and fast growing. Shy to bloom or set berries. Sun to part-shade.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Point Reyes' Point Reyes bearberry
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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Point Reyes'

(Point Reyes bearberry)

  An unusual selection of our native bearberry discovered near the Point Reyes lighthouse in Marin County.  Dark green, leathery leaves form distinctive whorls along the stems with pale pink, urn-shaped flowers emerging in early winter. The showy red berries  contrast nicely with the dark green leaves.  Reaching a height of about l8” and a width approaching 6 ft., this groundcover works well in a rock garden or mixed with other low shrubs and grasses from our coastal areas.  Give moderate water in interior locations and protect from the hot afternoon sun.  
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Radiant' bearberry
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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Radiant'

(bearberry)

A very low mat of glossy, dark green foliage 6 - 8 inches high and creeping 4 - 6 ft. across. Light pink flowers in early winter are followed by showy red berries. In hot inland areas give moderate water and light afternoon shade. A sturdy evergreen groundcover.

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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Samoa Dunes'

(bearberry)

This Humboldt County selection of the ubiquitous bearberry distinguishes itself with large, rounded, glossy leaves of deep green. Reaching a height of about 6 inches and a width of at least 6 feet, this durable groundcover spreads quickly to form a weed-smothering carpet. Little urn-shaped flowers colored soft pink appear in spring and are followed by shiny red berries. Provide full sun to part shade and moderate to occasional irrigation once established. Protect from the hot afternoon sun in warmer areas. The shiny, dark green foliage combines well with grey-leaved plants such as Artemisia ‘David’s Choice’ and the fescue ‘Patrick’s Point’. 

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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'San Bruno Mountain'

(bearberry)

A beautiful selection of bearberry from San Bruno Mountain south of San Francisco. This groundcover manzanita forms a luxuriant mat of large, glossy, spatulate leaves spreading to around 6 feet wide. The soft pink urn-shaped flowers lead to big red showy berries.  A natural for coastal plantings where it can grow in full sun with little to no summer water needed. Inland, bearberry does best with shade from the hot afternoon sun and moderate summer watering.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Wood's Compact' bearberry
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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Wood's Compact'

(bearberry)

A low growing, spreading manzanita with lustrous green, rounded foliage, little pink urn-shaped flowers and pretty red berries, quite large for the species. This selection from coastal Oregon spreads at a moderate pace to 6-8 feet wide and only getting 6-8 inches tall. Full sun to light shade in hot areas with moderate summer water.
Arctostaphylos virgata  Marin manzanita
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Arctostaphylos virgata

(Marin manzanita)

Plant description coming soon.
Arctostaphylos viscida  whiteleaf manzanita
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Arctostaphylos viscida

(whiteleaf manzanita)

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Arctostaphylos x media 'Bokeya Pomo' manzanita
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Arctostaphylos x media 'Bokeya Pomo'

(manzanita)

From the rugged Mendocino coast comes this distinctive manzanita groundcover. Similar to the selection ‘Peter Ehrlich’ with its large, rounded, grey-green leaves but with a slightly more upright, sculptural form which is not quite as dense. Even though it will reach a width of at least 6 ft. over time and height of 2ft., it may take several years to do so.  Urn-shaped white flowers appear in the winter and are followed by round, green fruits in the spring.  Provide full sun to light shade and moderate to occasional irrigation once established.  Should be fairly drought tolerant once established.

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Arctostaphylos x media 'Humboldt Mystery'

(manzanita)

Arching branches and a mounding habit up to 5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide distinguish this manzanita from its relatives. In winter, pinkish-white flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds and bees, followed by large, red berries in the autumn. Burnished red trunks display a colorful backdrop to the leathery, large, dark green leaves. Plant in full sun to light shade and provide moderate to infrequent irrigation. James Roof of Tilden Botanic Garden discovered this unusual selection somewhere on the Humboldt Coast, but, true to his enigmatic character, refused to say where he found it. It is believed to be a natural cross between bearberry and the hairy manzanita.

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