Shrubs by Genus - A

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Arctostaphlyos sp  Common Name: Emerald Carpet Manzanita

Family: Ericaceae

Type: Small plant 1'h x 3'w

Flowers: February/March

Flower Color: Pink

Likes: Full Sun

Somewhat drought tolerant.  Needs supplemental water inland.

Good as a low ground cover in partial native conditions - between ornamental and a drought landscape. Spreads rapidly. Hybrid between Arctostaphylos uva-ursi and Arctostaphylos nummularia.

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Arctostaphylos sp  Common Name: Ian Bush Manzanita

Family: Ericaceae

Type: Small plant 5'h x 5'w

Flowers: January/February

Flower Color: Pink

Likes: Full Sun

Early bloomer, January and February, in the valley.  Very drought tolerant. Grows fast to 4'.  Very nice foliage. Hybrid of Arctostaphylos densiflora and Arctostaphylos pungens.  Slightly larger than A. densiflora.  Good for a small hedge.  Attracts hummingbirds.  Lots of pink -white flowers.  Can be pruned into a small tree.  Smooth dark red-brown bark.

Winter / Fall

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Arctostaphylos sp  Common Name: John Dourley Manzanita

Family: Ericaceae

Type: Small plant 1'h x 4'w

Flowers: February/March

Flower Color: Pink

Likes: Full/Part Sun

A smaller, low growing/spreading Manzanita with interesting foliage turning from dark golden to green as it matures. Likes regular water inland. Good for a low hedge or mounding plant. 

Good next to a lawn where it can get some extra water.  Coastal plant - part sun is best.

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Arctostaphylos densiflora  Common Name: Sentinel Manzanita

Family: Ericaceae

Type: Small plant 4'h x 5'w

Flowers: January/February

Flower Color: Pink

Likes: Full Sun

Early bloomer. Medium size Manzanita - slightly smaller than Ian Bush Manzanita.  Used as an accent plant or lower hedge.  Very drought tolerant. Lots of pink -white flowers.  Can be pruned into a taller shrub.  Smooth dark red-brown bark.

 

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Ascelpias fascicularis  Common Name: Narrowleaf Milkweed

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Type: 3'tall x 2' wide

Flowers: Spring into Summer

Flower Color: Pink

Likes: Part Sun

Milkweed family. Widely distributed in the Western US.  Perennial small shrub that is popular with birds.  Monarch butterflies use during migration as a nectar source.  Fragrant blossoms and long blooming period.  Likes full sun.

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Aster chilensis  Common Name: California Aster
(Symphyotrichum chilense)

Family: Asteraceae

Type: Small shrub 2'h x 3'w

Flowers: April to Summer

Flower Color: White

Likes: Full Sun

A less distinct small shrub with very attractive white flowers.  Seems to be very drought tolerant. One of the "Pacific"Asters.  Needs to be pruned back as it can get rangy - pruning will promote new attractive growth.  Likes full sum.