Emerald Carpet manzanita is a compact ground cover that grows 1 foot high and spreads 4 - 6 feet. Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’ is a moderate to fast growing manzanita with small shiny deep green leaves and reddish stems. The plants are quite tight and uniform in their growth habit and in spring produce inconspicuous white flowers. This plant originates from the north coast, and it prefers rich, well-drained acidic soils. When planted in Southern California and in warmer inland locations, it may need shade and periodic deep irrigation to maintain it’s fresh green appearance. ‘Emerald Carpet’ manzanita is a natural hybrid of A. uva-ursi x. A. nummularaia, collected on the coast in Haven’s Neck, Mendocino County by Percy Everett and introduced by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 1974. It will do well in raised planters, pots, or as a slow-growing groundcover complimenting other plants.