Arctostaphylos auriculata Knobcone Point

'Knobcone Point' Mount Diablo manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 5' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This exceptional manzanita is endemic to the Mt. Diablo region in the SF Bay Area. It grows as an upright shrub or small tree with hairy (“tomentose”) stems and gray-green, waxy (“glaucus”) leaves. The leaves have very short stems (“pedicals”) and are lobed at the base. When the plant is young, the leaves are close set, largely obscuring the bark. As the plant matures, the older leaves are shed and the form becomes more open. The winter flowers are rosy pink. The ‘Knobcone Point’ selection is unusual in that it retains the immature appearance and is smaller in size than the species. Like most manzanita, ‘Knobcone Point’ thrives in well-draining soil.


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen