Arctostaphylos x media 'Martha Ewan'

Martha Ewan hybrid Manzanita

Evergreen Groundcover, Shrub

"This naturally occurring hybrid between Hairy Manzanita (Arctostaphylos columbiana) and the ground cover Kinnick Kinnick (Arctostaphylos uva ursi). Fantastic low growing evergreen shrub that is a superior ground cover. Dense growth clad in deep green leaves covers the ground on a 2′ x 6′ framework. White flowers in spring are followed by large red berries which are then consumed by wild life. Full sun to very light shade in most well drained soils. No summer water when established. Fast growing with little care. Amazing on slopes where it efficiently blocks weeds and the best ground cover Manzanita that we grow.. Better, easier, and faster ground cover than Arctostaphylos uva ursi- Kinnick Kinnick- dense growth is more vigorous and requires less maintenance or even supplemental water. Handsome and immensely easy plant. Oregon native plant. A Xera Plants Introduction." —Courtesy Xera Plants

Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Low Water / No Water, Winter Wet / Summer Dry


Size: 18 - 30 tall x 48 - 72 wide
Shape / Form: Low and Spreading, Horizontal
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Low Maintenance, Native Plant, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: White
Bloom Season: Spring

Fruit Description: Red
Fruit Description: Brown / Chocolate

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Erosion Control, Food for Foraging Wildlife, Groundcover, Hell Strip, Massed, Structure / Foundation
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Low Water / No Water, Once-a-Year Maintenance, Reflected Heat, Seaside / Salt Tolerant
Wildlife: Birds, Deer Resistant, Pollinators

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: ground hugger, mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Fast Growing / Vigorous

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low