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Sunset Manzanita
Arctostaphylos 'Sunset'
  
About Sunset Manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Sunset') 26 Nurseries Carry This Plant Beautiful natural hybrid manzanita; cross between Arctostaphylos hookeri x Arctostaphylos pajaroensis, found on sandy hills in Monterey County. New leaves are yellow-green, often with copper-colored margins, maturing to deep green. Attractive dark red bark. White to pink bell shaped flowers. One of the most garden tolerant manzanitas. Seems to grow well in cool coastal environments, but is often short-lived in hot inland areas, especially in full sun, regardless of irrigation strategies. Size varies; it has been listed as 2-3'Tx3-4'W, and as large as 5-8'Tx5-8'W, depending on the source. Best to plan for the larger size when planting.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
2 - 6 ft tall
3 - 6 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding, Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter

Wildlife Supported
 
birds, bees

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Never irrigate once established, Irrigate ~ 1x / mo once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 0 - 35° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Well-drained

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Bird Gardens, Groundcovers, Hummingbird Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
Wood rats will seem to be attracted to this plant, and will often strip twigs and small branches for their nests.. Best to avoid pruning.

Site Characteristics
Summary
Summary
Best to grow in full sun in cooler coastal gardens, and in part shade in hotter inland areas.


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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