moderate to very low
white tinged with pink
18 to 36 in.
5 to 8 ft.
Uncompaghre Plateau in western Colorado
sun to part shade
USDA zones 5-8
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Chieftan manzanita is a low, broadleaf evergreen that can become quite wide at maturity. Its large, round leaves make this plant very valuable in serving as a backdrop in summer and a welcome evergreen shrub throughout fall and winter.
Small pinkish-white flowers grace the plant in early spring, but are not very noticeable. It makes an excellent groundcover in flat areas, but also cascades nicely over retaining walls and boulders.
Chieftan manzanita has slightly larger leaves and is more vigorous than Panchito or mock bearberry manzanita.
We have one Chieftan manzanita growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It did not grow much for the first few years. After it established a new root system, its yearly growth increased.
We're confident it will become a beautiful specimen over the years, but its initial growth rate has been slow.
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