Monterey Carpet manzanita

Arctostaphylos hookeri ‘Monterey Carpet’

Description

The Monterey carpet manzanita is an attractive evergreen shrub with slender and intricate branching that has proven to have good garden tolerance and a consistent growth habit to 1-2 ft. tall with the potential to spread up to 8-12 ft. across. It has medium green leaves, 1 in. in size, distinctly pointed and have minute barbs on their margins. Small numbers of white flowers occur in the spring; bark on stems and small branches is deep red-purple.

Monterey Carpet manzanita performs well on banks and around large rocks with other natives. It is not as robust as other manzanita ground covers for the Inland Empire and needs protection from heat and sun when grown in warmer and drier inland and valley areas.

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Slow
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Pink, White
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Acidic soil
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Moderate shade, Fog, Coastal salt air, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Rock gardens, Hummingbird plant, California native
Height: 1 ft. – 2 ft.
Width: 8 ft. – 12 ft.