'Mama Bear' manzanita seems to be beautiful, very stable, very blossomy, has a nice form, sprouts back after damage (did I mention I drove the delivery truck over it), has wonderful pinkish white flowers the hummingbirds and bumblebees like, looks good in containers and seems to superior to 'Dr. Hurd' manzanita for most yards(it's smaller and has cleaner foliage). The purple trunk and gray-green foliage make the six to eight foot tall by four to five feet wide manzanita a standout. 'Mama Bear' is a hybrid manzanita between Arctostaphylos stanfordiana bakeri 'Louis Edmunds'(now Arctostaphylos bakeri ssp. bakeri) and Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel'. In the wild Arctostaphylos densiflora forms miles of hybrids with A. stanfordiana and A. manzanita. We had some 5 gallon 'Louis Edmunds' and 'Sentinel' in a small area that we covered with one small green house and two shade houses after a couple of years. The five gallons were long gone, but a few seedlings popped up. Since there really are not enough people here, things have a tendency to get ignored unless they burn up, blow up, or block a driveway. The greenhouse was abandoned and imploded. Under the old poly was this beautiful manzanita! The greenhouses were named the three bears. The 'Little Bear' or 'Baby Bear' had the seedling growing up through it, like a phoenix. The small leafed manzanita that we selected was called 'Baby Bear', the large leafed form was 'Mama Bear'. The baby grew to be bigger than the mama. Click here for more about California Manzanitas(Arctostaphylos).