Arctostaphylos columbiana

Hairy Manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 20' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This robust manzanita grows in coastal settings from Mendocino County into British Columbia. It is one of the few species that grows in Canada, along with kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, with which hairy manzanita will hybridize. Hairy manzanita grows as an upright shrub with large, oval leaves and an open structure. Larger specimens can grow to over thirty feet, though this is not typical. The bark is burnt red and peeling. As the common name indicates, all parts of this manzanita are covered with fine hairs. The pendent, urn-shaped white flowers appear in late winter or early spring. These develop into compressed orange fruit which persist until discovered by birds. Hairy manzanita grows in cool coastal settings and would do best with shade protection in interior planting sites. Well-draining soil that is slightly acidic would best meet its needs.


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