Asexual Propagation of Arctostaphylos × coloradensis
The Colorado Manzanita, Arctostaphylos × coloradensis is thought to be a naturally occurring hybrid complex between A. uva–ursi, A. nevadensis, and A. patula. A large population can be found growing on the Uncompahgre Plateau south of Grand Junction in Western Colorado. These beautiful broadleaf evergreens grow in association with Pinus ponderosa and Populus tremuloides at elevations between 7000 to 9000 ft in an area with average precipitation rates of 16 to 20 inches annually. Individuals from the wild range from 6-inch creepers to 3-ft-tall mounded shrubs. All have attractive exfoliating reddish bark and lantern-shaped flowers in various shades of pink blooming from late winter to early spring.
Other species of Manzanita have been widely used as landscape plants primarily in California and the Pacific Northwest. However, due to difficulties in propagation, the Colorado Manzanita is rare in the nursery trade. In the colder regions of the interior west, it shows great promise
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