Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel'
A medium sized California Native evergreen shrub with gray green foliage that grows to about eight feet high and wide. It can be pruned into a small tree. White to pale pink flowers bloom heavily in the spring. It has red bark and is one of the fastest growing manzanitas- it can reach its mature height in a few years.
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 in full sun to partial shade
- Well drained soil
- Preforms extremely well in beach sand and is tolerant of clay
- Clay soil
- Water one to two times per summer once established
- Attracts hummingbirds, bees, birds, and butterflies
- Hardy up to 15 degrees
- Drought tolerant
- California Native