Harmony manzanita is an evergreen shrub with pink flowers that commonly grows two or three feet high and six feet wide. Harmony manzanita can tolerate clay to sand, loam to gravel. It likes full sun near coast, but a little afternoon shade in the interior will make the plant very happy.
Harmony is good as a large scale ground cover. Put a cluster in the center and lower Ceanothi(e.g. Mt. Vision Ceanothus) and and manzanitas(e.g. 'Carmel Sur') on the perimeter. we've also had customers use Harmony as a small two foot border hedge. If we're planting a large area we'll mix 'Harmony' with 'Sunset', 'Paradise', 'Brother James' and 'Sonoma' to make a 2-3 ft. billowing ground cover.
It has red bark and dark green leaves and can be molded into a small clipped garden wall. When they are in flower they are solid flowers!
These manznaitas are hardy somewhere @0F and tolerate the interior heat surprisingly well. Our plants in the ground here, in this form, have survived 0 degrees, 6-7 years of drought with rainfall of one of those years 4 inches, and temperatures one year of above 120 degrees repeatedly while being on a bank in full sun. This one has done ok in Portland and Seattle.
One of the the most stable and easy of the manzanitas. Native in one small colony along with all the other Arctostaphylos densiflora manzanitas in Sonoma County.It is another of those anomalies in our California Plants, it is very restricted in its native habitat (less than a hundred plants) but out of its area it is easy to grow and thrives on neglect. The description of the site was of open, sunny heath in the pine barrens growing with Potentilla, spp., Ceanothus gloriosus var. exaltatus ('Emily Brown'), Xerophyllum tenax and Ceanothus foliosus var. vineatus. There isn't a true species form of any of these because I believe they all have a little hybridization with Arctostaphylos bakeri and Arctostaphylos manzanita. Of the cultivars in the nursery trade, the description in Four Seasons (The magazine from the East Bay Regional Parks) of the Arctostaphylos densiflora species is best represented by 'Harmony'. The fruit is eaten by chipmunks, raccoons, scrub jays, and others.
Nice plant, buy a dozen for a few hummingbirds.
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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony Manzanita' tolerates sand and clay.
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony Manzanita' is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony Manzanita' has color reddish-green and is evergreen.
Flower of Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony Manzanita' has color pink.
Fruit of Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony Manzanita' is edible.
Communities for Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony Manzanita':Closed-cone Pine Forest and Coastal Sage Scrub.