'Mama Bear' manzanita
be beautiful, very stable, very blossomy, has a nice form, sprouts
after damage (did I mention I drove the delivery truck over it), has
wonderful pinkish white flowers the hummingbirds and bumblebees
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
four to five feet wide manzanita a standout. 'Mama Bear' is a hybrid
manzanita between Arctostaphylos
'Louis Edmunds'(now Arctostaphylos bakeri ssp. bakeri)
and Arctostaphylos densiflora
'Sentinel'. In the wild Arctostaphylos
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
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
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
'Baby Bear', the large leafed form was 'Mama Bear'. The baby grew to
bigger than the mama. 'Mama Bear' Manzanita is a selection by Bert
Wilson founder of Las Pilitas nursery. Click here
more about California Manzanitas(Arctostaphylos).
"Mama and Baby Bear manzanita were
named after three
shade houses that once stood on the Santa Margarita nursery site.
The smallest house was baby bear, where
both these seedlings came up. Then mama and Papa bear shade
My dad loved to make up ridiculous names for the greenhouse so we
were all forced to say them out loud to his great enjoyment. Some
were named after scientist. Einstein, Clemence. Some where named
after his heros, Larry, Moe, Curly, Abbot and Costello. Some were
just fun to say, Eha, haha, baja. We had to get rid of HAHA as
combo caused mass confusion and tuned out to not be so haha after
all.. These seedlings just came up amongst the stock in the small
structure called baby bear. My dad thought they were so neat
he just took the structure down and let them go. Mama bear has
larger leaves and flower. It also has whiter flowers.
Baby bear has much darker pink flowers but they are smaller, and
smaller gray tinged leaves. The parentage is probably A.
desiflora, A. manzanita
and or A. Louis Edmunds, which greatly reassembles baby bear in
coloration. Mama bear more resembles A. manzanita. "
-Penny ( Bert's Daughter)
Arctostaphylos 'Mama Bear Manzanita' tolerates sand, clay and serpentine.
Arctostaphylos 'Mama Bear Manzanita' is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Arctostaphylos 'Mama Bear Manzanita' has color green and is evergreen.
Flower of Arctostaphylos 'Mama Bear Manzanita' has color pink.
Fruit of Arctostaphylos 'Mama Bear Manzanita' is edible.
Communities for Arctostaphylos 'Mama Bear Manzanita':Chaparral.