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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'

  • Common Name
    Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree
  • CA Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    10’ - 15’ X 10’ - 15’
  • Flower Color
    White with Pink
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Glossy Green Leaves Turning Bronzy-Red in the Fall
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Bird Habitat
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
    • Seed and Fruit for Birds
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Attractive Berries
    • Low Maintenance
    • Unusual Shape
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    5.5-6.4 (acid)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    There are more than 40 species of Arctostaphylos native to California. There are groundcovers, shrubs & tree forms. The species listed is a tree form & grows up to 15 feet tall.

    All require excellent drainage. Do not over fertilize or over-water especially in clay soils.


  • Master Gardener Comments

    This plant is known for its reddish-brown bark and interesting shapes of the trunk and branches.

    Arctostaphlos is of the family Ericaceae. Plants in this family are highly mycorrhizal (associated with symbiotic fungi.) This allows them to survive in harsh environments however it makes them very susceptible to over-watering and fertilizing.  The larger forms will grow for over 100 years.


  • Varietals

    Densiflora, ‘Vine Hill’ is an upright shrub 3’ X 6’

    Edmundsii’, Little Sur’ 6’ - 12’ X 4’ - 6’ prefers coastal conditions, some shade and occasional water.

    There are more than 40 species in California.