Plant family: Ericaceae - Heath
Plant type: Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, Hybrid
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam, Adaptable
Attracts Wildlife, Hedges and Screens, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost
A beautiful manzanita with blue-green leaves, red-brown bark and dark pink flowers. Perfect as a hedge, in a dry garden, on a slope or as a specimen tree. Clusters of urn-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds in winter. A very spectacular shrubby manzanita. This medium shrub grows to 8' - 10' tall with a 12' spread. It is a hybrid of A. pajaroensis which was grown at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden from seed supplied by Lester Rowntree, for whom it is named. The small, urn shaped flowers are very showy, with a deep magenta pink color that contrasts with the blue grey leaves and attractive purplish trunks. Plant in full sun with good drainage with little or no water after it is established.
A. obispoensis x A. pajaroensis?, collected by L. Rowntree in L. Edmund's garden (1947), selected 1964; intro RSABG 1982 (Research credit Tree of Life Nursery)
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