Common Names: Santa Cruz manzanita
Type: Evergreen shrub
Size: 5 to 15 ft. high and wide
Flowers: Small globe-shaped pink flowers, winter, spring; small light green leaves, red stems
Uses: Screen, color and shape accent, slopes, erosion control, near oak trees, wind, salty air, in heat. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Winter flowers, pollen, and fruit for birds, bees, butterflies. Deer resistive.
Soil: Must be well-drained. Prefers slightly acid soil, but tolerates poor soil as well.
Water: Low to medium. Periodic deep watering is best. Water every 4 to 7 days first summer.
Sun: Full sun or some shade.
Pruning: Pinch tips for denser bush. Remove detracting limbs for interesting open shape.
Pests & Diseases: Frequent overhead watering may contribute to fungus.
Notes: On endangered species list. Hardy to 25° F.