The most commonly seen manzanita in landscapes, Kinnikinnick is also the most widespread manzanita species on the planet. While almost every Arctostaphylos species is native to the West Coast of North America, with a few species spread into the more interior Southwest, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi is the only one that grows not just along the West Coast but also far into Canada, the Northeastern United States as well as into Asia and Europe. It typically grows at high elevations on rocky outcrops, but in cultivation it is amenable to many different situations. This selection, ‘Massachusetts’, is not the best for hot dry areas, and will perform best with summer water. Extremely cold hardy and even a bit shade tolerant.
Latin Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Site and Soil: Well draining unamended soils in full to part sun
Hardiness: Hardy to about -40 F.
Size at Maturity: 12″ high by 6′ wide
Bloom Time: Late winter into spring
Pests & Diseases: None that we have observed
USDA Zone: 3