Arctostaphylos catalinae

Santa Catalina Island Manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 18' X 12'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This manzanita is found on Santa Cruz and Santa Catalina Islands off the coast of southern California. It grows as an upright shrub or small tree with smooth bark of chocolate brown (dark, that is, about 70% cocoa). The leaves are bright green when young, maturing to olive green. The winter flowers are light pink, occurring in dense clusters. Santa Catalina Island manzanita is one of the taller manzanitas, growing to eighteen feet or so over many years. It is adaptable to many growing conditions, accepting less-than-perfect soil drainage and some shade. With judicious summer pruning, it can become an impressive centerpiece.


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen