Austin Griffiths Manzanita
One of the very best manzanitas for gardens, Austin Griffiths is a large grower, reaching up to 10 feet and about 6 feet wide. Grows very quickly when young and can tolerate more summer water than most manzanitas, though a well-draining soil on a slope is still recommended and zero irrigation after the first year will prolong its life. Looks lovely if lifted into a small tree to expose the bark and the flowers begin opening in late December and last through February. Often called the “king of manzanitas” for those that need monarchies in their gardens.
Latin Name: Arctostaphylos manzanita x densiflora
Site and Soil: Well draining unamended soils in full to part sun
Hardiness: Hardy to about 0 F.
Size at Maturity: 10′ high by 7′ wide
Bloom Time: Late winter into spring
Pests & Diseases: None that we have observed
USDA Zone: 7b