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Products > Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist'
Arctostaphylos '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' (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 (grayer in hotter inland gardens and greener near the coast) and occasionally, but not reliably, in late winter appear small white flowers. Plant in full sun to light shade and water very little to occasionally. This variety is a quicker grower than other manzanitas and a bit 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 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. 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 that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Arctostaphylos 'Pacific Mist'.