Flowers, drought tolerance, evergreen foliage, and colorful red, purple, and gray bark on some species make manzanitas great landscape plants. They easily earn the label year-round plants. Ranging from just a few inches tall to towering 20-foot-tall plants, manzanitas vary greatly in shape and form. There is likely a great cultivar for your temperate landscape. Flowers vary from pink to white and are a favorite of hummingbirds and bees.
Manzanitas grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. They do not grow well in soil that is moist in summer. They prefer life on the dry side. Do not fertilize.
More varieties for manzanita
'Howard McMinn' manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn' is a good flower producer and has striking red stems and green foliage. It is one of the most moisture-tolerant manzanitas and grows easily in most garden soils. Do not overwater. It grows 2 feet tall and wide.
'Monterey Carpet' manzanita
Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Monterey Carpet' makes a great plant for coastal sites. This cultivar grows 1 foot tall and about 4 feet wide. It demands well-drained soil and little to no watering.
Arctostaphylos rudis grows about 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide and tolerates pruning well. It has light pink flowers. Grow shagbark manzanita as a low hedge or tall groundcover in coast areas.