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Botanical name: Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'
Common name: Dr. Hurd manzanita
USDA zones: 7-10
Water requirement: Low to none
Sun requirement: Full sun to partial shade
Mature size: 12’-16’ tall x 10’-15’ spread
Tolerances: drought, coastal climates, most soils, deer
Environmental benefits: Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees; slope stabilizer
Before you plant. This plant is great news for home gardeners hoping to create a Mediterranean chaparral landscape but who may not necessarily live in that exact climate. While Dr. Hurd does thrive in warmer weather, it is one of the most tolerant manzanita species there is — reliably hardy to 10 degrees Farenheit. It's tolerant of clay soils and summer watering. And while manzanitas are typically slow-growing, Dr. Hurd is quicker to reach maturity.
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