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Products > Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley'
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.  The information about Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.