Arctostaphylos edmundsii ‘Carmel Sur’ is one of the best manzanita ground covers for southern California where it shows good tolerance of heat, sun and periodic summer irrigation. This low spreading cultivar can reach 18 in. high and eventually spread 7-10 ft. across.
The Carmel Sur manzanita is best suited to California native gardens where it can be with other natives that adapt to monthly deep watering schedules. Avoid planting in areas of hot summer afternoon sun; good drainage is essential. This handsome foliage plant provides dense and uniform character on banks and for cascading over walls.