Arctostaphylos franciscana Doyle Drive

'Doyle Drive' Franciscan manzanita


Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Description

This plant was discovered along Doyle Drive in San Francisco. The franciscan manzanita once grew on serpentine outcroppings in what is now San Francisco. Urbanization extirpated the plant in the wild. The Doyle Drive plant appears to have sprouted spontaneously in serpentine soils disturbed by road work. The leaves are somewhat smaller than those of the mounding form of the franciscan manzanita commonly sold in southern California. The Doyle Drive plant also tends to grow more as a tall ground cover than as a rounded shrub. Tilden Park Botanical Garden identifies this plant as a hybrid between A. franciscana and A. uva-ursi.

Characteristics

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