Arctostaphylos montana ssp. ravenii

Presidio manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 2' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



The Presidio manzanita is a rare subspecies of the Mount Tamalpais manzanita of Marin County. The Presidio manzanita grows only in serpentine outcroppings in the Presidio of San Francisco. Only a single species is known to exist in the wild, its exact location a carefully kept secret. It must have always been quite scarce. Fortunately, dedicated plant enthusiasts have managed to propagate this species over the years. The plants I am offering were grown from cuttings taken from a plant purchased from California Flora Nursery in Fulton. The Presidio manzanita is oddly prostrate, hugging the ground as it radiates out in all directions. I doubt it would ever exceed a foot in height. In the garden, a site with well-draining soil in partial shade would be ideal.


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