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Plant Guide

Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'

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



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.


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