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Hooker's Manzanita
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Arctostaphylos hookeri

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About Hooker's Manzanita (Arctostaphylos hookeri) Arctostaphylos hookeri is a species of manzanita known by the common name Hooker's manzanita. This shrub is endemic to California where its native range extends from the coastal San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Coast. This is a low shrub which is variable in appearance and has several subspecies. These are generally mat-forming plants or low bushes with small green leaves, dense flower clusters of white to pink flowers, and shiny egg-shaped or round red drupes. It does not form a burl and can be killed by fire.

Hooker's Manzanita comes in a number of subspecies and cultivars. Two low growing, mounding forms include ssp. hearstiorum and Monterey Carpet (about 1 foot tall and 6 feet wide). Upright forms can reach 6 feet in height. In general, this species prefers full sun within a few miles of the coast, and part shade when more inland. This plant will tolerate some summer water (1-2x per month). It prefers dry, well drained, acidic soil and is slow growing. It is a great candidate for a rock garden or coastal bluff garden.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1 - 6 ft (0.3 - 1.8 m)

Max. Width
6 ft (1.8 m)

Mounding, Spreading


Growth Rate


Flower Color
Pink, White, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry coastal slopes, bluffs and dunes, northern coastal scrub, and sandy openings in coastal pine woodlands from the bay area to San Luis Obispo County.

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
5' - 3762'

Annual Precip. ?
14.5" - 113.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.20" - 3.34"

Coldest Month ?
42.5° F - 50.9° F

Hottest Month ?
58.6° F - 72.0° F

Humidity ?
0.38 vpd - 19.20 vpd

Soil Description
Can tolerate a little clay but does best in heavy loam or sandy loam that is slightly acidic

Soil PH
5.0 - 6.0

Fast, Medium

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 0° F

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds, butterflies

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

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Common uses
Groundcovers, Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

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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