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Products > Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'
 
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd' - Dr. Hurd Manzanita
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Ericaceae (Heaths, Heathers)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Winter
Height: 12-16 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd' (Dr. Hurd Manzanita) - An evergreen shrub to small tree that grows fairly rapidly to 12-15 feet tall and about as wide, with an open structure and beautiful dark mahogany red-barked stems holding large ovate light green leaves at their tips. The clusters of small white flowers dangle at the branch tips in late winter. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate occasionally to not at all. It is reliably hardy to 10 degrees F and reportedly able to tolerate even lower temperatures. In a Oregon State University study on many different manzanita during a period when the area experienced a hard freeze with a low temperatures to 7 degrees F for nearly an entire week, Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd' was not damaged. This cultivar of the northern California Arctostaphylos manzanita is also more garden tolerant than selections of its southern counterpart, Arctostaphylos glauca, and tolerates occasional garden irrigation and poor soil conditions. This selection was made by John Coulter of the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1972, who found it growing in the garden of Dr. Cuthbert Hurd in Portola Valley and was thought to have originated from Louis Edmunds Native Plant Nursery. The Saratoga Horticultural Foundation noted that, while the plant had obvious affinities with Arctostaphylos manzanita, it was undoubtedly of hybrid origin and some speculate it is a hybrid between Arctostaphylos manzanita, and Arctostaphylos stanfordiana. In Sonoma County, California, these two species occur together and hybridize freely. The name Arctostaphylos was given to the genus by the French (of Scottish descent) naturalist Michel Adanson (1707-1778), who first named the circumboreal Arctostaphylos uva-ursi for plants found in Europe. The name comes from the Greek words 'arktos' meaning "bear" and 'staphyle' meaning grapes in reference to bears eating the fruit and the common name Bearberry also references this fact.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'.
 
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