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Arctostaphylos cruzensis

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About La Cruz Manzanita (Arctostaphylos cruzensis) Arctostaphylos cruzensis is a species of Heath (Ericaceae) known by the common names La Cruz manzanita and Arroyo de la Cruz manzanita. This shrub is endemic to California, where it grows in the sand of the coastline in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. It is considered rare due to its limited distribution. This region experiences summer fog that is an important part of its water budget. This is a very petite manzanita which grows flat on the ground or shaped into a low mound. The stem is covered in red shreddy bark. The small, pointed oval leaves are bright green and sometimes slightly toothed or with a fringe of hairs along the reddish edges. The flowers are very pale pink and urn-shaped with tapered throats. The fruits are hairy drupes up to a centimeter in diameter and containing angular seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.7 - 3.3 ft (0.21 - 1 m)

Max. Width
5 ft (1.5 m)



Growth Rate


Flower Color
Pink, White, Green, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Coastal bluffs and terraces of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties

Part Shade

Elevation ?
20' - 1195'

Annual Precip. ?
17.4" - 34.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.27" - 0.67"

Coldest Month ?
45.4° F - 50.7° F

Hottest Month ?
61.6° F - 72.1° F

Humidity ?
0.90 vpd - 18.47 vpd

Soil Description
Typically sandy, but also tolerates clay

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Saline Soil

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 30° F

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Other birds are attracted to the fruits and seeds.

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low, Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Propagation ?
Seeds or cuttings

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Arroyo De La Cruz Manzanita

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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