Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Common name: 
Howard McMinn Manzanita
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, mounding shrub, 4-8 ft (1.2-2.4 m) tall by 6-10 ft (1.8-3.0 m) wide, reddish brown stems.  Leaves alternate, simple, 1-3 cm long, elliptic, glossy green, upper and lower sides similar.  Flowers small, pendulous, white with a pinkish ting, in tight, short clusters, produced in spring.  Fruit about 6 mm, somewhat spherical, brick red, matures in the summer, persists into winter.
  • Sun to light shade, requires acid soils, tolerates clay-loam soils, best with good drainage; drought tolerant.  Considered a long-lived and dependable selection.  Sunset Western Garden Book (2007) suggests pinching the tips of any upright branches after flowering to make the plant as dense as a "sheared Kurume azalea."
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7      Named after Howard E. McMinn, California botanist and author.  His books include; An Illustrated Manual of California Shrubs, and A Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees (with Evelyn Maino).
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  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

  • leaves and flowers

    leaves and flowers

  • flower clusters

    flower clusters

  • leafy shoot

    leafy shoot

  • leaves