Arctostaphylos Austin Griffiths
Austin Griffiths Manzanita
- Broadleaf evergreen, large shrub or small tree to about 8-12 ft (~2.5-3.5 m) tall and 6-8 ft (~1.8-2.5 m) wide, branches twisted, dark mahogany bark. Leaves alternate, simple, leathery, elliptic to ovate, to about 7.5 cm long, glossy gray-green. Flowers pale pink, bell-like, in small branched clusters. Fruit somewhat globose, tan-orange.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 A chance hybrid found in the demonstration garden of Native Sons Nursery, Arroyo Grande, Calif. It is believed to have resulted from a cross of A. manzanita Dr. Hurd [white flowered} with A. densiflora Sentinel [pink flowered]. It was named in memory of Austin Griffiths, who, according to the those at Native Sons Nursery, “guided us in our early years and opened our imaginations to the wonders of horticulture.”