Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis 'Panchito'
low, very low
very early spring
10 to 15 in.
24 to 36 in.
Uncompaghre Plateau in western Colorado
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 7,000 ft.
This low growing, evergreen shrub is grown for the cover provided by its leathery green leaves. It produces tiny pink urn-shaped flowers in early spring.
A natural hybrid of kinnikinnik and greenleaf manzanita, Panchito manzanita is one of the few broadleaf evergreens that can tolerate Colorado Springs' dry winters and periodic droughts. It can be grown as a groundcover or planted close to the edge of a wall or boulder.
Moderate watering is needed until the plant is established (2 years). After establishment, Panchito manzanta requires little supplemental watering. The initial growth rate is slow, spreading 3 feet in 5 years.
Panchito manzanita has been one of the best-performing manzanitas at the Xeriscape Garden. Its vibrant green leaves provide an attractive background for other plants.
It also in beautiful in winter, providing a spot of green when most plants are brown. It has grown well in part-shade and full sun locations, plus very low to moderate water zones. Panchito manzanita is highly admired by many visitors.
No maintenance is needed. Grows slowly initially, so it will require a few years before it fills in.