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Lester Rowntree Manzanita
Arctostaphylos 'Lester Rowntree'
  
About Lester Rowntree Manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Lester Rowntree') 19 Nurseries Carry This Plant Hybrid of undetermined manzanita species, possibly Arctostaphylos obispoensis and Arctostaphylos pajaroensis. A beautiful manzanita with blue-green leaves, red-brown bark and dark pink flowers. Perfect as a hedge, in a dry garden, on a slope or as a specimen tree. Clusters of urn-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds in winter. A very spectacular shrubby manzanita. This big shrub grows to 8' - 1' tall with a 12' spread. It is a hybrid of A. pajaroensis which was grown at Rancho santa Ana Botanic Garden from seed supplied by Lester Rowntree, for whom it is named. The small, urn shaped flowers are very showy, with a deep magenta pink color that contrasts with the blue grey leaves and attractive purplish trunks. Plant in full sun with good drainage with little or no water after it is established.

Hybrid, random; origin = seedd (1942) A. obispoensis x A. pajaroensis?, collected by L. Rowntree in L. Edmund's garden (1947), selected 1964; intro RSABG 1982 Grows best in sandy, coarse-grained or other fast draining soil. Prefers sun in coastal sites, and sun or part shade in inland sites. Selected for the garden. A hybrid of A. pajaroensis grown at Rancho santa Ana Botanic Garden from seed collected by Lester Rowntree.
Thanks to Moosa Creek Nursery and the Theodore Payne Foundation for sharing information about this plant
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
5 - 6 ft tall
6 - 8 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
15

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
sandy, coarse-grained or other fast draining soils

Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Garden

Site Characteristics

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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