Arctostaphylos silvicola 'Ghostly'
Santa Cruz Manzanita, Bonny Doon manzanita
A California Native with whiteish gray foliage and red bark, it is a stunning addition to any garden. This shrub or small tree can reach up to eight feet high and wide. White flowers bloom in the winter through spring. It is native to the Santa Cruz mountains.
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.
- Full sun to part sun
- Prefers sandy soil but will do great in clay as long as it does not sit in water
- Attracts birds, bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies
- Deer resistant
- Native to California