Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’

'Emerald Carpet' Manzanita
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Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

8-14″ x 5′


Full Sun, partial Shade


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Spring, Winter

Special Features

Attractive Bark, Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit


Sunset Garden Zones

6-9, 14-24

Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’ (Manzanita) – A low-growing shrub to 1 foot tall and spreading to 3-6 feet wide. Very compact and dense plant with small glossy deep green leaves that nearly hide the attractive cinnamon red stems with exfoliating reddish black bark. Small white flowers appear in mid-winter through spring and are followed by red fruit. This manzanita grows best in a rich slightly acid and loamy soil. Requires occasional irrigation in southern California gardens. Good as a groundcover between a lawn and more drought tolerant plants or as a non walkable lawn substitute. Prefers full sun to light shade and moderate to little water when established. Hardy to about 15-20 degrees F.

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