Arctostaphylos densiflora “Howard McMinn”

This is a row of Arctostaphylos densiflora “Howard McMinn” in full bloom.  Manzanitas attract bees, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds and many other forms of wildlife and insects.  They provide food, cover and places-to-raise-the-young in the wildlife habitat. Dr. Howard McMinn selected this variety from native stands of “Arctostaphylos densiflora” in Sonoma County in 1952 and distributed by the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1955.  Manzanitas can bloom as early as December through February making them a valuable source of food in winter.  Berries follow.

Manzanitas are best grown from cuttings or layering.


Here you can see the white to blush pink urn shaped flowers.  Butterflies and hummingbirds have long tongues that reach inside the blossoms to drink the sweet nutritious nectar. Solitary bumblebees will rapidly move their wings called the “buzz technique” to release the pollen.  Honey bees might cut the side of the flower to access nectar.  Later in summer, berries are a feast for birds and wildlife.

One Response to “Arctostaphylos densiflora “Howard McMinn””

  1. JT says:

    What a lovely shrub, the flowers are so stunning against the dark green leaves.

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