Arctostaphylos 'Canyon Sparkles' (manzanita)
A slow growing shrub that can reach up to eight feet tall and wide. Orange, brown, pink, and white flowers bloom winter through spring.
It is best to prune in the time when they are flowering to early summer. Each flower cluster terminates the growth of a shoot causing an irregular twiggy branching habit. It is not recommended to prune manzanitas during cool, wet winter months, this encourages fungal pathogens to spread. You can edge in late spring or early summer.
Plant with: Island companions include Island Ironwood (Lyonothamnus fasciculatus ssp. asplenifolius), Catalina Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia ssp. lyonii), St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum), Island Buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescens), Island Morning Glory (Calystegia macrostegia), Island Ceanothus (Ceanothus arboreus), Channel Islands Tree Poppy (Dendromecon hardordii), Island Alum Root (Heuchera maxima), Island Mallow(Lavatera Assurgentiflora), Island Pitcher Sage (Lepechinia fragrans), Island Oak (Quercus tomentella), Catalina Island Gooseberry (Ribes virburnifolium), and Santa Rosa Island Sage (Salvia brandegeei)
- Plant in full sun to part shade inland
- Best in fast, medium, and slow draining clay and sand soil
- Water once to twice a month after the first year
- Water once a month once established
- Drought tolerant
- Attracts butterflies, birds, bees, and hummingbirds
- Hardy to -5 degrees
- Native to California