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Morro Manzanita
Arctostaphylos morroensis
  
About Morro Manzanita (Arctostaphylos morroensis) 10 Nurseries Carry This Plant Arctostaphylos morroensis is a species endemic to California, where it is native to a very limited area of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County, from the vicinity of Morro Bay to Santa Maria. It is a spreading shrub, reaching up to 4 meters in height but usually less, and generally staying wider than tall. It has shreddy red-gray bark and whiskery bristles on the smaller branches and twigs. The leaves are oval-shaped and slightly convex, dark green on the upper surface and duller gray-green beneath. Plentiful flowers hang in dense clusters on short pedicels during the winter months. They are usually very light pink, urn-shaped, and hairy inside. The fruits are fuzzy red drupes each about a centimeter wide. This is a plant of the sandy coastal cliffs and beach chaparral. It is listed as a Threatened Species on the federal level and is on CNPS list 1B.1. It is also cultivated as an ornamental.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
6 - 13.1 ft tall
16 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding, Spreading

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Brown

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds and many insects are attracted to Manzanita flowers. The fruits are attractive by some birds and small mammals

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / 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
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sand or sandstone. Soil PH: 4.0 - 6.0

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
Prune to shape in dry weather to prevent infection

Propagation
Propagation?
Seed or cuttings

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dunes and adjacent sandy areas, decomposed granite

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 16.1" - 23.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 0.31", Coldest Month: 45.4" - 49.6", Hottest Month: 62.6" - 71.2", Humidity: 0.89" - 16.72", Elevation: 3" - 1179"


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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