Arctostaphylos x 'Sunset'

Sunset Manzanita

Evergreen Shrub

"One of the very best landscape shrubs for western Oregon. Named for the 50th anniversary of Sunset Magazine way back in 1977- its an excellent, garden tolerant manzanita. Dense growth emerges orange/red before settling to a mature fashionable army green. The stems and leaf margins are outlined in fine white hairs- an elegant detail. In spring sporadic white flowers appear. Rounded dense shrub for full sun and average to poor soils, including the most compacted. This should be a basic landscape shrub in our climate- To 4′ x 6′ it covers the ground well. A perfect candidate for such places as frying hot circular planters in a sea of asphalt. This remarkable shrub will thrive and not flinch without a drop of supplemental irrigation- and it will still always look good. May be tip pruned to encourage density if required. The shredding cinnamon/brown bark is handsome with time but the foliage mostly obscures it. Excellent cold hardiness. A truly climate adapted shrub. A xera favorite shrub that we’ve grown for close to 20 years."— Courtesy of Xera Plants

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Afternoon Sun

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional


Size: 48 - 72 tall x 60 - 84 wide
Shape / Form: Rounded
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attractive Bark or Stem, Attracts Bees, Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Native Plant, Winter 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, Erosion Control, Hedges and Screens, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Tough / Fool-Proof, Winter Wet / Summer Dry
Wildlife: Bees, 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: Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos