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Panchito Manzanita

Arctostaphylos x coloradensis 'Panchito'

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Panchito Manzanita (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis 'Panchito') at Tagawa Gardens

Panchito Manzanita foliage

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Panchito Manzanita (Arctostaphylos x coloradensis 'Panchito') at Tagawa Gardens

Panchito Manzanita

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Brand:  Plant Select


A vigorous, densely leafed shrub that can be maintained as a groundcover or low hedge; very dainty rose-pink flowers cover this fine selection in spring; does not like alkaline soils; prefers some protection from late afternoon sun

Ornamental Features

Panchito Manzanita features dainty clusters of rose bell-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones at the ends of the branches from early to mid spring. It has dark green foliage with hints of olive green which emerges light green in spring. The oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruits are showy red drupes displayed from early to mid fall.

Landscape Attributes

Panchito Manzanita is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Panchito Manzanita is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Panchito Manzanita will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. This plant should be periodically fertilized throughout the active growing season with a specially-formulated acidic fertilizer. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have sandy, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Rock  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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