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COMMON MANZANITA
Arctostaphylos manzanita

Arctostaphylos manzanita Arctostaphylos manzanita

Photo Locations: Chico, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Good in foothill areas. Its beautiful and shapely branching habit is a desired feature in many California gardens. Does not tolerate saline conditions. Sudden Oak Death manifested as leaf spot and twig die-back.

Native to California.

An Arctostaphylos manzanita in CA Audubon Bobcat Ranch is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 20 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 136 inches and a crown spread of 30 feet.

Family: Ericaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval or Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 20 feet.

Width: 5 - 10 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years or more.

Leaves Ovate, Glossy Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Pink or White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Brown, Red or White Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.

Bark Striking Red Brown, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 14 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Medium in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids and Insect Galls, Armillaria and Sudden Oak Death.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Low.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds and Bees.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Arctostaphylos manzanita Tree Record." 1995-2018. Dec 9, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/arctostaphylos-manzanita >

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