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Lester Rowntree manzanita

Arctostaphylos ‘Lester Rowntree’


The Lester Rowntree manzanita grows into a medium to large shrub with a mounding habit, 8-10 ft. tall and 10-15 ft. wide. It has attractive colorful pink flowers and new foliage growth with reddish tips during the winter; mature leaves are slate gray-green. Large clusters of red-blushed fruit mature in early spring and are among the most attractive of the manzanitas.

Lester Rowntree manzanita has the potential of becoming an attractive garden specimen plant that needs 8-10 years of growth to attain some size and caliper to its trunks and stems. Mature plants can be pruned to reveal dark purple-red bark that is a strong contrast to its blue-gray foliage. Like other manzanitas, this cultivar does best in well-drained soils and with low amounts of summer water. It is well adapted to both sun and partial shade locations in most garden settings.

Plant Type: Shrub, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Season: Winter, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Acidic soil
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Screening, Hummingbird plant, Foundations, California native
Height: 8 ft. – 10 ft.
Width: 10 ft. – 15 ft.

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