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Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’
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Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’

McMinn Manzanita


Medium shrub, light green leaves, many white-pink flowers
horticultural selection A. densiflora: origin = north coast foothills; intro Saratoga Horticultural Foundation 1955


  • Genus: Arctostaphylos
  • Epithet: densiflora
  • Cultivar: Howard McMinn’
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Tree

In this catalog the term RANGE refers to information on where a plant species occurs in nature. Since CULTIVARS are horticultural selections and garden hybrids, they do not technically have a natural RANGE.


Sun / Shade

  • Full Sun: Yes
  • Part Shade: Yes
  • Full Shade: No

Summer Water

  • Naturalize: Yes
  • H2O 1xmonth (summer): Yes
  • H2O 2xmonth (summer): No
  • H2O 4xmonth (summer): No
  • Moist: No


  • Flower Colors / Desc.: White
  • Flowering Season: Winter
  • Hardy to 15 degrees: Hardy to 15°F
  • Height: 4-6
  • Spread: 6
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Pruning Period:
    One of the few manzanitas that can be pruned into a hedge. Whether formed or natural, prune in the early summer and fall for best results; do not prune manzanitas during cool wet winter months.
  • Planting Suggestion:
    Accent Plants to 5', Hedges
  • TOLN Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4

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‘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.

Other Manzanitas Introduced by the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation
A. bakeri ‘Louis Edmunds’ A. densiflora ‘Sentinel’ A. hookeri ‘Monterey Carpet’ A. uva ursi ‘Point ReYes’

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