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Austin Griffiths Manzanita
Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths'
  
About Austin Griffiths Manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths') 28 Nurseries Carry This Plant Austin Griffiths Manzanita (Arctostaphylos ?Austin Griffiths') is a large evergreen shrub in the Heath family (Ericaceae). It is a hybrid between A. densiflora ?Sentinel' and A. manzanita ?Dr. Hurd'. It was introduced in the 1980's by Native Sons Nursery in memory of conservationist and naturalist Austin P. Griffiths.

The bark is maroon to dark red, with dark red stems, glossy sage-green foliage, and large clusters of of pale soft pink flowers. One of the earliest blooming manzanitas in early winter, it provides a valuable nectar source for hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. The berries are consumed by many mammals, and are also a food source for Indigenous Peoples.

The natural habitats for manzanitas are chaparral and openings in oak woodlands, which provide dry, sunny locations with excellent drainage.

This manzanita is striking as a specimen or informal hedge. Although it is a large shrub, it can be shaped and grown as a small tree. It prefers a sandy loam soil but does well in clay as long as it doesn't stand in water. More garden tolerant than 'Dr. Hurd', 'Austin Griffiths' accepts occasional irrigation but is exceptionally drought tolerant once established.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
8 - 15 ft tall
6 - 10 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded, Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter

Wildlife Supported
 
Great wildlife plant. Flowers attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other birds. Fruit is edible to wildlife.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low, Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Hedges, Hummingbird Gardens

Site Characteristics
Summary
Summary
There is no natural setting


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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