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Arctostaphylos montereyensis

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About Toro Manzanita (Arctostaphylos montereyensis) Arctostaphylos montereyensis is a species of manzanita known by the common names Monterey manzanita and Toro manzanita. It is endemic to Monterey County, California, where it is known from only a few occurrences around Fort Ord and Toro County Park near Salinas. It is a plant of maritime chaparral on sandy soils. This is a shrub reaching a maximum height between one and two meters, with bristly, hairy twigs. The dark green leaves are rough, bristly, and smooth-edged, sometimes with a waxy texture. They are 2 to 3 centimeters long and round to oval in shape. The flower cluster is a dense cluster of urn-shaped flowers, and the fruit is a bristly, hairy drupe about a centimeter wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.3 - 7 ft (1 - 2.1 m)


Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
36' - 3406'

Annual Precip. ?
14.6" - 41.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 0.79"

Coldest Month ?
41.2° F - 49.7° F

Hottest Month ?
59.1° F - 75.7° F

Humidity ?
0.76 vpd - 23.65 vpd


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

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

Common uses
Hedges, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Monterey 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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