Plant name: ‘Howard McMinn’ manzanita
Botanical name: Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’
Virtues: Attracts butterflies and bees with its spring flowers and birds with its late-summer berries. Tolerates poor soil and drought.
Flower: small, white to pinkish white, appearing from late winter to spring
Foliage: shiny green narrow leaves on black branches
Habit: evergreen shrub, 4 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 12 feet wide
Origin: culitvar of a species occurring naturally only in Sonoma County, California
Cultivation: This culitvar is one of the most dependable manzanitas for the garden. It is a cultivar of the very rare Arctostaphylos densiflora. Provide full sun and excellent drainage. Can be pruned to keep small or for use as a hedge. Zones 6 to 10.