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.
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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.