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La Cruz Manzanita
Arctostaphylos cruzensis
  
About La Cruz Manzanita (Arctostaphylos cruzensis) 6 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
0.7 - 3.3 ft tall
5 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Green, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

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

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low, Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 30° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Typically sandy, but also tolerates clay. Tolerates Saline Soil. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

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

Propagation
Propagation?
Seeds or cuttings

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

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 17.4" - 34.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.27" - 0.67", Coldest Month: 45.4" - 50.7", Hottest Month: 61.6" - 72.1", Humidity: 0.90" - 18.47", Elevation: 20" - 1195"

Alternative 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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