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Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’
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Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’

Emerald Carpet Manzanita


Compact groundcover, prefers rich acidic soil, some shade and moisture
hybrid; origin = seed (1964) A. uva-ursi x A. nummularia, Haven's Neck, Mendocino Co.; intro Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 1974


  • Genus: Arctostaphylos
  • Cultivar: Emerald Carpet’
  • Class: Evergreen
  • Plant Type: Groundcover, Shrub

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

Summer Water

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


  • Flower Colors / Desc.: White, light pink
  • Flowering Season: Spring
  • Hardy to 15 degrees: Hardy to 15°F
  • Height: 1
  • Spread: 4
  • Shape: Sprawling
  • Pruning Period:
    Groundcover manzanitas require very little pruning.
  • Planting Suggestion:
    Ground Cover to 3', Formidable Slope Plants, Hedges
  • TOLN Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4

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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.

Low-Growing Manzanitas
Arctostaphylos cruzensis – Arroyo de la Cruz Manzanita, A. hookeri ‘Monterey Carpet’ – Monterey Carpet Manzanita, A. ‘Pacific Mist’ – Pacific Mist Manzanita, A. uva-ursi ‘Anchor Bay’ – Anchor Bay Bearberry, A. uva-ursi ‘Point ReYes’ – Point ReYes Bearberry, A. ‘Woods Compact’ – Woods Compact Manzanita

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