Introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and named for early native plant pioneer Lester Rowntree who provided the seed. This hybrid, involving A. pajaroensis, develops into a beautiful specimen, growing 8-10 ft. tall and wide with time. Shapely, upright branches sport bluish foliage with coral-pink, urn-shaped flowers very early, often beginning in October. An unusual feature for an upright manzanita is the large, glossy, red berrieswhich ripen in the summer. The reddish bark, gorgeous foliage and flowers make this an excellent candidate for sunny areas with little to no summer water once established. Its early flowering period offers nectar to hummingbirds and bees when not much else native is blooming.
Arctostaphylos 'Lester Rowntree'