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Howard Mcminn Manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard Mcminn'
  
About Howard Mcminn Manzanita (Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard Mcminn') 18 Nurseries Carry This Plant Horticultural selection from Arctostaphylos densiflora in the foothills of the north coast mountains. Howard McMinn Manzanita is known as 'everyman's manzanita' for good reason. It is tolerant of a wide variety of garden conditions including clay soils, summer watering, pruning and shearing. So if you know nothing about native plants but would like to try a manzanita we suggest you start with Howard McMinn. This is a medium sized shrub with fine textured bright green foliage and red bark. Pink flowers appear in late spring. It is one of the last manzanita's to bloom so if you have other manzanitas, including a Howard McMinn will extend your manzanita bloom time. At maturity Howard McMinn can reach 8 feet and spread to 1 feet or more. However, you can keep it in check by pruning. As it matures it will open up and reveal more of it's twisting, red colored branches. Howard McMinn' is excellent when you are trying to transition from a watered flower bed to a drought tolerant area. Moths, hummingbirds, butterflies and all sorts of other native wildlife like the plant. Howard McMinn' does fine in beach sand or adobe. An excellent hedge plant for that small hedge between you and the neighbors. Tolerates almost any soil type. Prefers sun in coastal sites, and sun or part shade in inland sites. Horticultural selection A. densiflora: origin = north coast foothills; intro saratoga Horticultural Foundation 1955 .
Thanks to the Theodore Payne Foundation for sharing information about this plant.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
5 - 7 ft tall
8 - 10 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

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

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low, Moderate

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
15

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a wide variety of soils. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

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

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Works well with a number of low to medium height plants including Ceanothus species, Buckwheat (Eriogonum species), and Sages (Salvia species).

Maintenance
Maintenance
Prune in late summer to achieve desired height or spread

Site Characteristics
Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Arctostaphylos 'Howard Mcminn'


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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