Arctostaphylos insularis Canyon Sparkles

'Canyon sparkles' island manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 8' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This Santa Barbara Botanical Garden selection of this Channel Island endemic has proven to be a fine garden performer. It has a rounded form and displays leathery oval leaves against smooth cinnamon bark. With judicious summer pruning, ‘Canyon Sparkles’ may be trained into a small tree. Large clusters of white flowers appear in mid-winter. I grow mine with some protection from the afternoon sun in Santa Clara County (Sunset zone 15) to account for the ocean moderated environment of its island habitat. Said to be a good candidate for a large pot (rare among manzanitas). It has been particularly enduring in a nursery pot.


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