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Products > Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist'
Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist' - Pacific Mist 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: 2-3 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist' (Pacific Mist Manzanita) - A fast growing low sprawling shrub, 2 feet tall with a 6-10 foot spread, that has twisting branches that are pinkish at first then mature to a dark purple-brown and turn upwards towards the tips. These branches bare narrow 2 to 3 inch long gray-green foliage that is grayer in hotter inland gardens and greener near the coast where it really performs the best. It occasionally, but not reliably, flowers in late winter with small white flowers urn shaped flowers that can be followed by red berries that are attractive to birds. Plant in full sun to light shade and water very little to occasionally with more water need in inland plantings. Has proven to be hardy enough (listed to 0F) to be grown in gardens in the Pacific Northwest. This cultivar is a quicker growing than other manzanitas and a bit more open in its youth, but older plantings are quite dense - pinch new growth on young plants to encourage early branching. This is one of the few gray-leafed groundcover manzanitas and is good for dry shade and also more tolerant of heavy soils and garden irrigation than many other manzanitas. It performs best in coastal gardens and is noted to grow in both heavier soils and coastal sandy sand. It was introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 1981 where it was found as a volunteer seedling and is speculated to be an Arctostaphylos silvicola hybrid. It has long been a durable and reliable Manzanita in the garden and one of our favorite California native hybrid cultivars; we have grown this great plant at our nursery and listed it in our catalog since 1990.  Information displayed on this page about  Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.