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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Emerald Carpet'

  • Common Name
    Emerald Carpet Manzanita
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Ground Cover
  • Size
    1' x 6' - 8'
  • Flower Color
    Pink
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Bright Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
    Slow
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Erosion Control
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    The Emerald Carpet Manzanita makes a great ground cover in both full sun and part shade. It forms a dense. mounding  carpet of bright green leaves and pale pink flowers in spring that turn into tiny brick-red berry-like drupes in summer.The slender branches root when in contact with soil and can extend approximately  8' out from the trunk of the plant.

    Plant slightly above grade in well-drained soils. Prefers a sandy, loamy,  loose soil that drains quickly but will tolerate clay if drainage is corrected. No amendments or fertizers needed. Does best in full sun but will tolerate some shade. In the hotter parts of Marin, water deeply every 2 - 3 weeks in the summer. In coastal Marin water once a month.No overhead watering!

    Bees and hummingbirds are attracted to these plants.

    No significant diseases or pests as long as drainage is good. Can develop fungal diseases where drainage is not good and there is too much water around roots.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This is my choice for a hillside groundcover. It stays bright green all summer even in my southwest hillside.

  • Varietals
    N / A