'Sentinel' was selected way back when as an upright floweriest of
manzanitas in the stand. This three to four foot manzanita (that can
be pruned up to eight ft. with some work) is a very
floriferous manzanita that was part of the hybrid swarm of
manzanitas in and around Sonoma County, California.
'Sentinel' is like its cousins 'Harmony' and 'Howard McMinn'
manzanita but grayer. Sentinel'
manzanita will tolerate heavy, rich soils but much happier in sandy
loam or sand and is more drought tolerant than the other Arctostaphylos densiflora cultivars.
of the best performers in beach sand, also is known as very clay
tolerant. Sentinel manzanita is one of the plants that has survived
our (lack of) care in the garden here. Like most other manzanitas
does not tolerate direct salt spray. BUT, it has survived in Los
Osos where other plants showed salt spray damage. A lemon tree had
no leaves due to salt spray and the Sentinel was looking great.
Sentinel' has red bark and seems to be one of the faster manzanitas.
Ours has grown to full size in 2 years. Our mother plants took a
hard hit at 5 degrees F., but they did survive. Sentinel has done ok
in Portland, Oregon. (You might lose them in Portland or Seattle
every 20-50 years.)
Fantastic as a low hedge for perimeter of a city yard. Beautiful
next to the sidewalk, particularly brickwork, or as foundation
planting. Also works well as a stand alone specimen in a small yard.
One of the best plants we have for beneficial insects and
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel Manzanita' tolerates sand and clay.
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel Manzanita' is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Foliage of Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel Manzanita' has color green-gray and is evergreen.
Flower of Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel Manzanita' has color pink.
Fruit of Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel Manzanita' is edible.
Communities for Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Sentinel Manzanita':Closed-cone Pine Forest and Coastal Sage Scrub.