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Emerald Carpet Manzanita

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Low grower, big impact!

This great West Coast ‘sort-of-native’ (it’s a hybrid of two legit natives) is about to change your yard for good!

Carpet Manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet') is a natural for most places zones 7-10, and thrives from Vancouver, Canada down the coast to southern Cali. It also does well in the Southwest, like Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

This evergreen hybrid is a fantastic groundcover. So good, in fact, that it’s used as a lawn substitute in places where homeowners have grown tired of mowing and don’t need to walk across lawn anymore. It also makes a great buffer between existing lawn and evergreen shrub planting.

Carpet Manzanita is drought tolerant along the coast. It loves rich well-drained soil and will reward you with a deep green look all year.

It only grow 10-15 inches tall but will spread up to 6 feet around. The small leaves grow so densely on the bush that they almost cover the cinnamon-red stems that manzanitas are so famous for. The bark isn’t only a pretty color, but it gets a shaggy, exfoliated look to it with age that only adds to its appeal. It gets a smattering of small white flowers from mid-winter through spring that are followed by red berries that are loved by local wildlife, from birds to bears. (Arctostaphylos means “bear grapes” in Greek. The common name for these plants were ‘bearberries’ for years because they were such a treat for Smokey and his friends!)

If you live where Carpet Manzanita is happy, you will also be happy with Carpet Manzanita. Easy-care and beautiful…what more could you ask for?

* Hardy evergreen in mild-winter areas
* Fits small gardens
* White blooms
* Low-growing spreader
* Berries for wildlife


Emerald Carpet Manzanita Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Arctostaphylos x 'Emerald Carpet'
Foliage Broadleaved evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 12 inches
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Water to establish, then very drought tolerant (not too dry in winter)
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fruiting Time Summer, Fall