McMinn manzanita

Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’


The Howard McMinn manzanita grows into medium to large mounding shrub 8-10 ft. tall with an equal spread. Long and pointed medium green leaves are held upright on mahogany colored stems. Flowers are among the showiest of all manzanitas; large clusters of light pink to white flowers can cover the plant during late winter.

Howard McMinn manzanita has been grown in California gardens for more than 50 years and has proven to be one of the most garden tolerant and popular shrub manzanitas. It is well adapted to the Inland Empire when grown in areas shaded from hot afternoon sun. It shows greater tolerance to traditional garden care and watering than most manzanitas, but soils must still be well-drained and only low amounts of summer watering is advised. Mature plants can be pruned to reveal elegant and colorful branching character that provides excellent value for specimen and feature plantings near patios, in raised planters and in containers. This is one of the few species of manzanita that shows tolerance of regular clipping to shape into hedges.

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Pink, White
Flower Season: Winter, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay, Acidic soil
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Drought, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Hummingbird plant, Foundations, California native, Borders, Hedge
Height: 6 ft. – 8 ft.
Width: 6 ft. – 8 ft.