Arctostaphylos refugioensis (Refugio manzanita)
A fast growing evergreen shrub that reaches up to thirteen feet tall and seven feet wide. Pink and white flowers bloom in the 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: Chamise (Adenostema fasciculatum), Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis), Ceanothus species, Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides), Bush Sunflower (Encelia californica), Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon species), Seacliff Buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium), Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum), Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina), Redberry (Rhamnus crocea), Currants (Ribes species), Sage (Salvia species), and Woolly Bluecurls (Trichostema lanatum)
- Plant in full sun
- Best in fast and medium draining sandstone soil
- Water once to twice a month once established
- Hardy up to 10 degrees
- Attracts hummingbirds, birds, bees, and butterflies
- Deer resistant
-Native to California