Arctostaphylos edmundsii Bert Johnson

'Bert Johnson' Little Sur manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 1' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Little sur manzanita is a resident of the immediate coast from the Monterey Peninsula down to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It grows as a dense ground cover in this ocean moderated environment to about one foot in height, with round dark green leaves and bronze colored fresh growth. The typical pendent, urn-shaped flowers are white, sometimes with a blush of pink. The ‘Bert Johnson’ selection originated at Tilden Botanic Garden. It thrives in well-draining soil with some protection from the afternoon sun. The dense, flowing growth form makes ‘Bert Johnson’ manzanita a great choice for slopes or raised beds - any planting with some vertical structure for the plant to spill over. Plant beneath tree-form manzanitas such as Arctostaphylos gabilanensis or Arctostaphylos bakeri ‘Louis Edmunds’ where ‘Bert Johnson’ can receive some shade from a partner plant with compatible requirements.


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