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Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley' - Manzanita

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Ericaceae (Heaths, Heathers)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (A. pajaroensis x A. bakeri?)
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley' (Manzanita) - Shrub with a mounding habit to 2-3 feet tall by up to 6 (perhaps to 10) feet wide. There seems to be discrepancies on the size description for this plant, perhaps due to climatic or cultural conditions, as Las Pilitas Nursery notes it growing much smaller in their hotter and drier conditions. New growth in spring has foliage that is an attractive orange-red that fades to gray-green by mid-summer. Clusters of pink flowers are abundant over a long blooming season followed by berries that are purple-red. A dependable ground cover selection with year-round interest. Hardy to 5 F. Named for John Dourley, the former Superintendent of Horticulture at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden by Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery. It was a volunteer seedling found by Dourley in an area of hybrid Manzanitas at the Rancho Santa Ana garden and is of unknown parentage, though some speculate it to be a hybrid between Arctostaphylos pajaroensis and A. bakeri. 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.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley'.