Arctostaphylos obispoensis

Bishop Manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 10' X 10'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Bishop manzanita is one of many species native to the mountain ranges of the Central Coast. It grows in the Santa Lucia Range from southern Monterey County through San Luis Obispo County. The form is upright, dense and rounded. with silver-gray foliage and white winter flowers. The leaf shape varies somewhat across its range. The northern forms are oval and lance shaped, while the southern forms are more heart shaped. The plants I sell are the southern form. The winter flowers are a typical bright white. Bishop manzanita is commonly found in serpentine soils, but does not require serpentine to thrive. Pant in soil of at least medium drainage and plan to withhold water altogether once the plant is established. If grown in interior regions some protection from the afternoon sun might be prudent.


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