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Greenleaf Manzanita

Arctostaphylos patula

 

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Greenleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula) at A Very Successful Garden Center

Greenleaf Manzanita flowers

Greenleaf Manzanita flowers

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Greenleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula) at A Very Successful Garden Center

Greenleaf Manzanita in bloom

Greenleaf Manzanita in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Description:

A handsome densely leafed shrub; very dainty pinkish flowers in spring cover this fine selection; does not like alkaline soils; this is a coastal plant, protect from midday sun when planted inland

Ornamental Features

Greenleaf Manzanita features dainty nodding pink bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from late winter to mid spring. It has forest green foliage. The glossy oval leaves remain forest green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Greenleaf Manzanita is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Greenleaf Manzanita is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Greenleaf Manzanita will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features