Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. crassifolia

Del Mar Manzanita

Plant family: Ericaceae - Heath

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Plant type: Groundcover, Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

 
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Flower Color Light Pink, Pink, White
Blooming Season Spring, Winter
Height 5-15 feet
Spread 5-10 feet
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Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand

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Sand, Sandy Loam

Special Characteristic

Edible , Hedges and Screens, Important to Native People

Plant Highlights

Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. crassifolia is a species of manzanita known as Del Mar Manzanita. The Del Mar manzanita is the rarest of the six recognized subspecies of Eastwood Manzanita. This manzanita, is a small to medium sized evergreen shrub with thick leathery leaves and clusters of dainty urn-shaped white to pink flowers in late winter to early spring. It can survive long periods of drought and periodic fires by crown-sprouting from a well developed basal burl. Like other manzanitas the flowers are an important source of nectar for insect and hummingbird species while the fruits serve as an important food source for mammals that live in the region where the plants occur. This shrub was native to the coastal slopes of western North America from Oregon to Baja California. However, they can be found now only within the rare and threatened maritime chaparral plant community. Due to extensive urban expansion many former substantial populations have since been severely fragmented and exist only as isolated individuals on remnant city parcels. Some of the best populations exist and are protected at Torrey Pines State Reserve.

A rare and endangered coastal species, this slow growing, and rambling shrub makes an excellent ground cover to scramble over and around rocks or spill over walls. Expect it to grow to 6’ tall and equally wide. Gray evergreen foliage, red bark enhance the spring show of edible small whitish pink flowers. Enjoys poor, sandy, shallow soil. Cold hardiness combined with salt and drought tolerance makes this a good selection for coastal gardens.

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