Arctostaphylos sp. 'Hood Mountain' by Ron KindigArctostaphylos sp. 'Hood Mountain' by Ron KindigArctostaphylos sp. ‘Hood Mountain': Commonly known as manzanita, this is a member of the heath family (Ericaceae). Native to California, this evergreen shrub can be seen in bed ‘M’ in the Preview Garden. It has white flowers from the winter to the spring and red to black berries follow. Its leaves are small and grey colored and its trunk has a more purple color. It is used as a screen, accent, on slopes, and under oak trees. It is fire resistive. Its flowers and berries provide pollen and fruit for birds, bees and butterflies. It is deer resistant. It should be planted in well drained soil and prefers slightly acid loam soil. It needs periodic deep watering, especially in the heat (2 – 3 weeks) but does not like frequent overhead watering. It should be planted in full sun to some shade and only rarely needs pruning. Too much water or poorly draining soil causes root rot. It is hardy to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It may be a hybrid with A. canescens. It is from the mountain of the same name in Sonoma and Napa Counties in California.

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