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ARCTOSTAPHYLOS densiflora

Image of Arctostaphylos densiflora

James H. Schutte

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

ARCTOSTAPHYLOS densiflora

Plant Common Name

Manzanita, Vine Hill Manzanita

General Description

Drought tolerant and attractive, vine hill manzanita is a mounding evergreen shrub native to California. Its spreading branches are covered with small, glossy, dark to light green leaves all season. In spring, it bears many drooping clusters of tiny, white tubular flowers, followed by small, bright red berries. Its flowers attract bees and its fruits are eaten by birds.

This California native is highly drought tolerant and can survive in poor soils if perfectly drained. It requires full to partial sun and is an excellent choice for western xeriscapes, slope stabilization and naturalistic plantings. Some cultivars are more refined and work well as foundation plants or in mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Width

    6'-6' / 1.8m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Orange Red, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edging, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No