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Arctstaphylos insularis * Island Manzanita

Arctostaphylos insularis is a big manzanita. The Island Manzanita grows to 10-15 feet tall and wide. Manzanitas do poorly when severely pruned. Best to plant Archtostaphylos insularis where it can grow to its full size. The Island Manzanita grows in full sun at the coast and in near coastal valleys. Arctostaphylos insularis prefers well drained soils and requires a drying out period between irrigation cycles. The Island Manzanita will tolerate partial shade. Manzanita berries feed the birds and wildlife durning the late Spring months. With heavier soils I try to plant Arctostaphylos insularis on a slope or on a raised mound or bed. Arctostaphylos insularis is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar.

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Arctostaphylos insularis, Island Manzanita