A stunning manzanita named for the early native plant pioneer and groundbreaking woman, Lester Rowntree, who provided the seed. Shapely, upright branches sport bluish foliage with unusual coral-pink, urn-shaped flowers very early, often beginning in October. A special feature for an upright manzanita is the large, glossy, red berries which ripen in the summer. The reddish bark, gorgeous foliage and flowers make this an excellent candidate for sunny areas with little to no summer water once established. This selection, involving A. pajaroensis, develops into a striking specimen, growing 8-10 ft. tall and wide with time. Its early flowering period offers nectar to hummingbirds and bees when not much else native is blooming. Introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Arctostaphylos 'Lester Rowntree'
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