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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'

  • Common Name
    Howard McMinn Manzanita
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    5' - 6' x 7' - 10'
  • Flower Color
    Pinkish-white
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
    • Winter
  • Leaves
    Reddish-green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Bird Habitat
    • Hummingbirds
    • Seed and Fruit for Birds
  • Growth Rate
    Slow
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • 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

    Howard McMinn is a medium-sized evergreen mounding shrub with intensely showy clusters of tiny pinkish-white flowers in late winter and beautiful reddish-brown bark. This manzanita is considered to be one of the most dependable and adaptable manzanitas for garden situations. It can be used as a specimen plant or as a hedge. Plant it with smaller manzanita such as 'Sunset' or 'Harmony' and edge it with a low Ceanothus such as 'Carmel Sur'.

    If possible plant in the fall to take advantage of the winter rains. Plant slightly above soil grade in a sunny or part shady, well-drained spot.  Do not disturb root ball. Do not add amendments or fertilizers. Mulch top of soil around the plant in a 2' - 3' diameter circle. Water extensively. This plant tolerates a variety of soils, even heavy clay as long as there is adequate drainage. Water sparingly in summer (1 - 2/month).

    This is a great plant for a bird garden and is a nectar source for native bees and other beneficial insects.

    No serious pests or diseases as long as it has good drainage.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This is a wonderful California native and looks lovely as a specimen plant in a drought tolerant garden.

  • Varietals
    N / A