‘Howard McMinn’ manzanita is perhaps the most adaptable of all the manzanitas, it can be planted in variable soils and will tolerate overhead irrigation. In a landscape it can be used as a hedge, screen, or as a background planting on slopes. This upright shrub grows up to 5’ in height with a 6’ – 8’ spread. Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’ has a deep reddish to purple bark and small dark green shiny leaves. It is a horticultural selection of A. densiflora, (which appropriately means “many flowers”), and this shrub is spectacular in bloom. From the north coast foothills, A. densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’ is a selection from a rare species confined to a small area in the Vine Hill region of Sonoma County. Howard E. McMinn grew a number of these plants in the native plant garden on the Mills College Campus in Oakland and it was named in recognition of his 40 years of stimulating interest in California natives. It is believed that the native stand of plants where seeds were collected has disappeared. A consistent, green, shapely shrub, ‘Howard McMinn’ has a long history of outstanding garden performance and should replace many thirsty exotics. The mid-winter flowers add season interest to the California garden.