Arcostaphylos John Dorley (John Dorley)

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Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley' (Manzanita) - Shrub with a mounding habit to 2-3 feet tall by up to 6 (perhaps to 10) feet wide. There seems to be discrepancies on the size description for this plant, perhaps due to climatic or cultural conditions, as Las Pilitas Nursery notes it growing much smaller in their hotter and drier conditions. New growth in spring has foliage that is an attractive orange-red that fades to gray-green by mid-summer. Clusters of pink flowers are abundant over a long blooming season followed by berries that are purple-red. A dependable ground cover selection with year-round interest. Hardy to 5 F. Named for John Dourley, the former Superintendent of Horticulture at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden by Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery. It was a volunteer seedling found by Dourley in an area of hybrid Manzanitas at the Rancho Santa Ana garden and is of unknown parentage, though some speculate it to be a hybrid between Arctostaphylos pajaroensis and A. bakeri. The name Arctostaphylos was given to the genus by the French (of Scottish descent) naturalist Michel Adanson (1707-1778), who first named the circumboreal Arctostaphylos uva-ursi for plants found in Europe. The name comes from the Greek words 'arktos' meaning "bear" and 'staphyle' meaning "grapes" in reference to bears eating the fruit and the common name Bearberry also references this fact.  The information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Arctostaphylos 'John Dourley'.

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