Shag Bark Manzanita, Arctostaphylos
is an evergreen shrub a foot and a half or so tall and 3 feet
wide. It does best in coastal sand and sun.
Shag Bark Manzanita is a great choice for Nipomo, Santa
Maria and Lompoc sand, where it is locally native. Use as a dark
green ground cover. I've seen it very formal looking in its
element. It has thrived where other plants have failed.
Arctosphylos rudis is a rare plant, only found along the central
coast. The average rainfall is about 10" where it grows, fog drip
raises the total to maybe 25 ". That is 10 " of rain in sandy soil
so this is one tough plant. Mojave gets around 5"...just for
comparison. Native on old
sand dunes, along the central coast, in the same area as Arctostaphylos purissima
and has the same surprising hardiness. It has survived here where
Arctostaphylos 'Dr Hurd' froze
Both A. rudis and A. purissima occur with
mellifera and Ceanothus
impressus impressus, and Ceanothus
Arctostaphylos rudis tolerates salt and sand.
Arctostaphylos rudis is great for a bird garden.
Foliage of Arctostaphylos rudis has color reddish-green and is evergreen.
Flower of Arctostaphylos rudis has color white.
Fruit of Arctostaphylos rudis is edible.
Communities for Arctostaphylos rudis:Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub.