The Dr. Hurd manzanita can grow into a large and robust evergreen shrub to small low-branching tree growing with a mounding habit. This cultivar can grow 12-15 ft. tall and as wide. Leaves are 1-2 in. long and are a distinctive pale green. White flowers in spring contrast nicely with the leaves and the mahogany colored trunk and stems. Some plants produce showy clusters of large red-tinged berries.
The Dr. Hurd manzanita is one of the most garden tolerant for Inland Empire landscapes. Even with this in mind, it is necessary to locate this plant in areas with good drainage and to avoid hot afternoon sun exposures. It is highly valued as a specimen accent plant in raised planters, on banks and with other California native plants of the Coast Live Oak palette.