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Arctostaphylos viscida

An erect branching shrub with peeling red-brown bark and evergreen green-grey oval shaped leaves. In late winter and spring, pink-white bell-shaped flowers are produced, followed by green to red-brown fruit in summer.

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Pink Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Grey Silver Green Red Brown
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter White Pink Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Arctostaphylos are mainly evergreen, prostrate or upright shrubs or small trees. They have small, simple leaves and sprays of tiny, urn-shaped flowers, followed by spherical berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Western N America

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, lime-free soil in full-sun or partial shade. Keep sheltered from cold drying winds.

Propagation

Propagate from seed soaked in boilding water for 20 seconds. Sow seed in autumn in containers and keep in a cold frame. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by layering shoots in autumn.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Maybe susceptible to leaf spot

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