Arctostaphylos densiflora 'White Lanterns' (White Lantern Manzanita) - A very dense shrub to 5-7 ft tall by 8-12 ft wide with small elliptical medium-green leaves and white flowers that are tinged pink and are borne in profusion in late winter.
Plant in full sun to part shade. Irrigate initially but it is eventually drought tolerant in Southern California. Hardy to 0-10 F. This plant is a beautiful winter-blooming shrub with flowers contrasting well with the dark mahogany bark. It is similar to 'Howard McMinn' but denser and finer textured. It is a great choice as a specimen plant or for mass planting in sun or part shade.
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'White Lanterns' is Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Introduction from a volunteer plant selected in the garden by legendary horticulturist Dara Emery. It has been more lately identified as a selection of Arctostaphylos densiflora. Nevin Smith of Suncrest nurseries has noted that this plant is exceptionally resistant to disease. Our thanks to then Santa Barbra Botanic Garden horticulturist Carol Bornstein for bringing our attention to this very fine cultivar. Continued propagation of this plant eluded us and we were only able to grow enough to offer it for one year in 2009 but if we could have purchased liners of this nice manzanita in from another nursery to grow on we would have done so.
Information about Arctostaphylos densiflora 'White Lanterns' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.