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Ericaceae

Arctostaphylos

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This mainly Californian genus of shrubs and small trees in known for its tiny, urn-shaped flowers and round fruits. The small species make an attractive groundcovers or rock garden plants; the upright members are useful in open woodlands. The latter often have attractive bark. Can also be grown in a cool greenhouse.

Noteworthy Characteristics

CareIn the garden, grow in a moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, acidic soil in full sun or partial shade. In the greenhouse, grow in an acidic potting soil. Provide full light, ample water, and a monthly fertilizer during the growing season. Water sparingly in winter.

PropagationIn autumn, immerse seed in boiling water for 20 seconds and then sow in containers in a cold frame. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer; layer in autumn.

ProblemsExobasidium bud and leaf galls are common. Leaves, stems, and fruit are susceptible to a variety of other fungal diseases.

Species and cultivars

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