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Pajaro Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pajaroensis

About Pajaro Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pajaroensis) Arctostaphylos pajaroensis is a species of manzanita known by the common name Pajaro manzanita. It is endemic to California, where it is known mainly from Monterey County. Historical occurrences have been noted in Santa Cruz and far western San Benito Counties; these may no longer exist. Most of the extant populations are located in the hills south of the Pajaro River Valley. It is a member of the chaparral plant community. This is an erect shrub growing at least a meter tall and known to exceed four meters in height. It has shreddy red or grayish bark with woolly hairs and long white bristles on its smaller twigs. The dense foliage is made up of gray-green, reddish-tinted leaves with smooth, toothed, or rolled edges. They are oval to somewhat triangular in shape and 2 to 4 centimeters long. The shrub flowers in the winter, bearing large loose flower clusters of pink to nearly white urn-shaped flowers. The fruit is a drupe about 7 millimeters wide.

In the garden its combination of reddish new growth and pink flowers is striking. It can be pruned to ground cover height or allowed to mound up. Though native to the coast, it has performed well in inland gardens with well drained soil in sun to part shade. It has an unusually long bloom time for a manzanita. The horticultural variety 'Paradise' is most often available in nurseries.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.3 - 15 ft (1 - 4.6 m)

Max. Width
10 ft (3 m)

Mounding, Spreading


Growth Rate


Flower Color
Pink, White

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Slopes, seaside bluffs as a component of central coast chaparral

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
0' - 3006'

Annual Precip. ?
14.4" - 59.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 0.57"

Coldest Month ?
42.0° F - 49.4° F

Hottest Month ?
62.8° F - 74.3° F

Humidity ?
0.46 vpd - 23.10 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates clay soil but performs best and lives longest in well drained soil

Soil PH
6.0 - 7.0


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.

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
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

As needed to shape

Propagation ?
Seed or rooted cuttings

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