Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths'

Austin Griffith Manzanita

Evergreen Shrub

"This is probably one of the very best garden manzanitas in general. Large growing shrub with sage green foliage, copious, large clusters of pink flowers in winter, and the tell tale famous mahogany peeling bark. To 9′ x 7′ wide in 6 years, fast growing and well adapted to most well drained sites, including heavy clay soils on slopes. Little to no supplemental irrigation. Very resistant to black spot a leaf disease that can afflict Manzanitas. Specimen, or small garden tree. Good looking year round. Flowers appear in late December and are effective through February- not at all affected by cold. Anna’s hummingbirds are immediately in attendance. Provide a wide open exposed site with excellent air circulation. A wonderful garden shrub." —Courtesy Xera Plants

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional


Size: 96 - 144 tall x 60 - 84 wide
Shape / Form: Upright
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attractive Bark or Stem, Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: Ivory / Cream, Pink
Bloom Season: Feb, Winter
Flower Shape: Bell

Fruit Description: Red
Fruit Description: Bronze / Copper

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Container, Hedges and Screens, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Specimen, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden, Low Water / No Water, Reflected Heat, Tough / Fool-Proof, Winter Wet / Summer Dry
Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos