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Big and beautiful!

Dr. Cuthbert Hurd didn’t even know what he had. The Saratoga Horticultural Foundation found it growing in his garden in 1972. He didn’t plant it, he said. It was probably a runaway seedling from the nearby native plant nursery that had been around since the 50’s. The Society collected it and began propagating it. After all, it was the biggest manzanita they had ever seen!

And it still is. Growing up to 15’ tall, Dr. Hurd Manzanita (Arctostaphylos manzanita ‘Dr. Hurd’) is one of the biggest of the “big” manzanitas. It can be trained as a small tree (especially if you want to admire it’s striking dark red bark) or a huge hedge shrub (it’s evergreen in mild-winter areas). You’ll love the pretty white flowers that cover it every year, but the butterflies, bees and hummingbirds will love them even more!

Dr. Hurd grows equally well in sand or clay and is very water-wise (but it handles richer soil and more water than most other arctostaphylos do). It is a select showpiece plant for an urban garden.

This reliable shrub grows faster than other manzanitas and is certain to be a great addition to your garden this year. Order yours today!

* Perfect for sunny, dry gardens (even in sand or clay!)
* Great as a big, flowering hedge
* Can be trained as a small tree
* White blooms
* Evergreen
* Pollinators love it!
* The small fruits are edible

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Dr. Hurd Manzanita Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr Hurd'
Foliage Broadleaved Evergreen
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 12 feet
Soil Type Most Soils
Moisture Low
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green, Red tint
Fruiting Time Summer