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Sand Mesa Manzanita
Arctostaphylos rudis
  
About Sand Mesa Manzanita (Arctostaphylos rudis) 12 Nurseries Carry This Plant Arctostaphylos rudis is a rare species in the Ericaceae (Heath) family known by the common names Sand Mesa Manzanita and Shagbark Manzanita. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the southern Central Coast. It is most abundant at Burton Mesa in the hills north of Lompoc, and there are a few occurrences remaining near Nipomo. Due to its highly restricted range, it is included on CNPS list 1B.2. It grows in chaparral and coastal sage scrub on sandy soils. This is an erect shrub growing from a burl to heights between one and two meters. Its stem and branches are covered in shredding gray and reddish bark, with its smaller branches coated in woolly fibers. The leaves are oval in shape and smooth along the edges with few hairs, green in color and shiny. They are 1 to 3 centimeters long. It flowers in late fall and winter with pink urn-shaped manzanita flowers. The fruits are hairless red drupes about a centimeter wide or slightly larger. Despite its rarity in the wild, it is easy to grow and accepting of garden conditions. It is probably best used near the coast.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3.3 - 7 ft tall
7 ft wide

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Green, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds and various insects

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very 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 20° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sand or sandstone. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

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

Propagation
Propagation?
By seeds or cuttings

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy mesas within a few miles of the coast inSan Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 13.8" - 24.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 0.73", Coldest Month: 39.1" - 49.8", Hottest Month: 65.5" - 76.4", Humidity: 0.77" - 24.30", Elevation: 13" - 4200"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Shagbark 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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