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Sunset Manzanita

Arctostaphylos 'Sunset'

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Sunset Manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Sunset') at Shonnard's Nursery

Sunset Manzanita

Sunset Manzanita

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7a

Description:

A handsome densely leafed shrub that can be maintained as a hedge; very dainty pinkish white flowers in spring cover this fine selection; does not like alkaline soils; this is a coastal plant, protect from midday sun when planted inland

Ornamental Features

Sunset Manzanita features dainty clusters of white bell-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early to mid spring. It has grayish green evergreen foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves remain grayish green throughout the winter. It produces plum purple berries in mid fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sunset Manzanita is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sunset Manzanita is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Sunset Manzanita will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features