Among the many handsome groundcover manzanitas this is the fastest growing. Additionally it’s more tolerant of heat, drought and garden conditions, including irrigation. It does not like sand but accepts clay as long as the area does not flood! Perfect for a hot and sunny location on the coast (afternoon shade inland), at the edge of a watered lawn, or on an adobe slope. Makes a beautiful border plant at under 1 foot tall and 4-6’ across (some say 10-12’ across, so keep that in mind), the foliage is an attractive gray-green and fire resistant. The branches are attractively twisted with thick red bark, and the general habit is very dense. Some light pink flowers in the spring but the fine foliage and its tough as nails disposition are the main attractions. Moderately deer resistant.