Arctostaphylos pajaroensis

Brilliant crimson new growth makes this evergreen shrub a knockout in any low-water garden. Native along the coast in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, it boasts beautiful blue-green foliage on red stems, reaching 6’ tall and 8’ wide with a tree-like form if left to its own devices. For best color, though, keep it about half that size with an annual pruning. Starting in Winter, pendulous clusters of urn-shaped flowers varying from white to pink appear and bloom for several months providing food for hummers and bumble bees. Red berries follow and are much loved by birdies. Not picky about soil, it does well in sandy soil and will even tolerate clay if not over-watered. Extremely drought tolerant and should need little to no additional water along the coast and only occasional water inland once established. Most compact form in full sun.

Plant Unicorn

Low/No Summer Water

CA Native Perennial Shrub
USDA zones 8-10