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Sentinel Vine Hill Manzanita
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel'
  
About Sentinel Vine Hill Manzanita (Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel') 8 Nurseries Carry This Plant Horticultural selection from Arctostaphylos densiflora in the foothills of the north coast mountains. Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel' is a medium manzanita that flowers heavily. It is related to Arctostaphylos Howard McMinn and offers much of the same garden tolerance as McMinn. Sentinel has grayer foliage and is taller with a more upright habit than Howard McMinn. Height at maturity six to eight feet with a spread of five feet. Sentinel will tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions including heavy, rich soils but is much happier in sandy loam or sand and is more drought tolerant than the other Arctostaphylos densiflora cultivars. 'Sentinel' is one of the best performers in beach sand, while also being known as very clay tolerant. Like most other manzanitas it does not tolerate salt spray. 'Sentinel' has red bark and seems to be one of the faster growing manzanitas growing to full size in a couple of years.

Horticultural selection A. densiflora: origin = north coast foothills; intro saratoga Horticultural Foundation 1962 Tolerates almost any soil type. Prefers sun in coastal sites, and sun or part shade in inland sites. Selected for use in the garden; introduced by saratoga Horticultural Foundation.
Thanks to Moosa Creek Nursery and the Theodore Payne Foundation for sharing information about this plant
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3 - 8 ft tall
6 - 8 ft wide

Form
Form
Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
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

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, Groundcovers

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
Common Names: Sentinel 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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