Sinuous and smooth, earthy red-tinged branches, waxy urn-style blossoms and tasteful rounded evergreen leaves—that’s Manzanita. An enormous clan mostly indigenous to the far western U.S., these easily cultivated durable woody plants call for excellent drainage, but can endure poor soil, thriving in rocky, sandy or acidic sites with minimal water. Light afternoon shade and occasional watering are appreciated in hotter locales.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Radiant’ (S-0668)
Lustrous, trim and fresh looking, this prostrate evergreen ground cover keeps its composure all year long. Small, rich green leathery leaves glow with wintertime reddish purple tinges, while ushering in quantities of light pink urn-like flowers, followed by showy red apple-shaped berries that birds adore. A sturdy northern California native reputed to possess astringent qualities, ‘Radiant’s lush close-to-the-ground mat brings verdant low maintenance accents to a native or Mediterranean setting.
Size: 6" – 8" high x 3' 0" – 5' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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