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Plant Guide

Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Paradise'

Common Name
Paradise Manzanita
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
Shrub
Size
6' - 8' x 8' - 10'
Flower Color
Pinkish-White
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
Bronze Red to Blue-Green
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Bees
  • Hummingbirds
Growth Rate
Slow
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Erosion Control
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Paradise Manzanita is dense, rounded, upright  evergreen shrub that has dark red bark, pale pinkish white flowers and bright bronze red new foliage. This beautiful red foliage turns a blue-green as it matures. It can be used as a hedge or on hot dry banks or as a specimen plant.

Plant slightly above soil grade in well-drained soil.  Prefers full sun and needs no summer water once established. Prefers a pH of 6.0 - 7.0. Do not use overhead watering as this can lead to leaf and root fungal diseases.

Prune yearly in late fall if you want a smaller, denser  shrub (3 ' tall.)

This is a great plant for birds as it supplies both habitat and food in the form of fruit. Bees also enjoy the late winter blossoms.

No serious pests or diseases as long as it is in well drained soil. In poorly drained soils may develop fungal diseases and root rot.

 

Master Gardener Comments

This is a great plant for sunny, dry areas of your yard. The spring new red leaf color is a real show stopper.

Varietals

A. pajaroensis 'Myrtle Wolf' - 4' - 5' tall

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