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Baker's Manzanita
Arctostaphylos bakeri
About Baker's Manzanita (Arctostaphylos bakeri) Nurseries Show All Photos Arctostaphylos bakeri is a species of manzanita known by the common name Baker's manzanita. It is endemic to Sonoma County, California, where it grows in the chaparral and woodlands of the North Coast Ranges. It is sometimes a member of the serpentine soils flora. This is a shrub growing one to three meters in height. Its smaller twigs are bristly and hairy or hairy to woolly. The dark green leaves are generally oval in shape and up to 3 centimeters long. They may be hairy, rough or fuzzy in texture, and dull or shiny in appearance. The plentiful flower clusters hold crowded clusters of urn-shaped manzanita flowers. The fruit is a hairless drupe up to a centimeter wide. Arctostaphylos bakeri does best in nutrient-poor clay or loam soils that retain more water. While it can usually tolerate occasional summer water, it is best to stop all summer water after the first year. Arctostaphylos bakeri 'Louis Edmunds' is the standard form of this manzanita available at native plant nurseries.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.3 - 10 ft (1 - 3 m)

Max. Width
10 ft (3 m)


Growth Rate


Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Slopes, open areas of coastal northern California

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
116' - 3953'

Annual Precip. ?
38.6" - 113.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.39" - 3.34"

Coldest Month ?
43.7° F - 49.0° F

Hottest Month ?
63.6° F - 72.2° F

Humidity ?
0.39 vpd - 18.44 vpd

Soil Description
unamended well drained but tolerant of clay soils

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Serpentine Soil

Medium, Slow

Companion Plants
Plant with other north coast natives such as California Barberry (Berberis pinnata), Pt. Reyes Ceanothus (Ceanothus gloriosus), Giant Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla), Gowan Cypress (Hespercyparis goveniana) or Monterey Cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa), Western Labrador Tea (Rhododendron columbianum), Redflower Currant (Ribes sanguineum), and California Huckleberry (Vaccinum ovatum).

Wildlife Attracted
Various birds are attracted to the fruits

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

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

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Deep Organic

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