Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos pumila
Common Name: Dune Manzanita, Sandmat M.  
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California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season

Winter, Spring


Leaf Color

Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Seascape, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Wildlife

Information by: Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery
Photographer: Elkhorn Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

One of the most spectacular ground-covering manzanitas, Arctostaphylos pumila grows only in coastal locations. Silver to green leaf color with pink new growth adds to interest of this 1-2' tall manzanita. Arctostaphylos pumila starts out low and hugs the ground in youth; with age it forms giant rings higher in the middle and lower on the margins.
Can tolerate some heavier soil on slopes by adding small gravel.