Howard McMinn Manzanita
5' - 6' x 7' - 10'
Adverse Growth Factors
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.