Arctostaphylos manzanita, Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree
Arctostaphylos manzanita, Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree, attracts bumble bees and butterflies
Dr. Hurd Manzanita flowers with a hummingbird
Arctostaphylos manzanita, Dr. Hurd hedge with a Ponderosa pine and moon behind it.
Arctostaphylos manzanita, Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree, attracts butterflies like this tortoiseshell.
Painted lady butterfly on a Arctostaphylos Dr. Hurd Manzanita
Arctostaphylos manzanita, Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree as a hedge.
The exposed branches of Dr. Hurd manzanita.
Dr. Hurd Manzanita is an evergreen, multi-branched, treelike hybrid shrub with glossy, light green foliage and grows up to 15', one of the biggest of the big manzanitas. Dr. Hurd is more garden tolerant, i.e. it can handle some summer water and a richer soil, than Arctostaphylos glauca, its southern counterpart. This manzanita grows well in clay soil, and will tolerate sandy soil.
Its brown-red bark and lovely multi-branched form makes this distinctive taller Arctostaphylos a prized specimen plant and focal point of the landscape in many gardens.
Arctostaphylos Dr. Hurd survived here 5 foot away from a Madrone that froze and was about as hardy as incense cedars, somewhere around -5 to 5 degrees F. , depending on snow and actual soil temperature. We've seen Dr. Hurd manzanita survive next to the coast(not in salt spray) and up into some fairly high elevation gardens.
It has survived here and looked good with no extra water. Perfectly drought tolerant in most Los Angeles, San Diego or Sacramento gardens. Dr. Hurd is one of the faster manzanitas and is a reliable shrub. This form was found by John Coulter of the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1972, growing in the garden of Dr. Cuthbert Hurd in Portola Valley (note sent to us by SHF 30 years ago). It was probably a seedling from Louis Edmunds Native Plant Nursery(one of the old native plant growers that was in Danville in the 1950's.) Concerning the origin of this plant, Saratoga Horticultural Foundation said, "Although this plant has obvious affinities with Arctostaphylos manzanita it is undoubtedly of hybrid origin". This was most likely a seedling collected within a native garden where Arctostaphylos manzanita, and Arctostaphylos stanfordiana, were members. In Sonoma County, California, these species occur together and readily hybridize.