Arctostaphylos refugioensis

Refugio manzanita

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 12' X 8'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Refugio manzanita occurs naturally in coastal and mountainous regions in Santa Barbara County. The growth form is vase shaped, the bark is smooth cinnamon red, and the auriculate leaves emerge with a red tinge and mature to a waxy green. The early winter flowers are white with hints of pink. Refugio manzanita grows quite large and may be trained with summer pruning into a small tree. Well to medium draining acidic soil is important for the health of this and most manzanitas. Refugio manzanita is considered one of the fastest growing manzanitas. This is a marvelous specimen manzanita, so be sure to plant it in a prominent spot with room for future growth.


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