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Plant Species of the genus Arctostaphylos

Information about this genus
Name: Arctostaphylos
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: All species require lime-free soil. They should be watered freely and fed during the growing season, if grown in pots. During the dormant season feeding should stop and watering should be reduced. Seed benefits from immersion in boiling water for 15?20 seconds before sowing and should be sown in autumn (as soon as it is ripe) with protection against frosts. Prostrate species should be layered in autumn. Plants will sometimes root naturally at nodes. Plant half-hardened cuttings in summer. This genus is generally disease-free except for leaf spot.
Description: There are about 50 species in this genus of mostly evergreen small shrubs and trees in the family Ericaceae. The genus is found only in North America, except for 2 species that extend through the alpine-arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They have reddish brown ornamental bark, smooth or peeling in flakes. The leaves are alternate and smooth or toothed. Flowers are in terminal racemes or panicles of tiny bells or are urn-shaped, and may be white or pink. Fruit of some species has been used for juicing and also to make flour. Leaves of A. uva-ursi leaves are used for tanning and in Russia as a tea; in the UK it has been used as a urinary antiseptic since the thirteenth century.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Arctostaphylos alpina 1-8
Arctostaphylos canescens 7-10
Arctostaphylos densiflora 8-10
Arctostaphylos diversifolia 8?10
Arctostaphylos edmundsii 8-10
Arctostaphylos glauca 8-10
Arctostaphylos hookeri 8-10
Arctostaphylos manzanita 8-10
Arctostaphylos myrtifolia 8?10
Arctostaphylos obispoensis 8-10
Arctostaphylos patula 8-10
Arctostaphylos purissima 8?10
Arctostaphylos stanfordiana 8-10
Arctostaphylos tomentosa 8-10
uva-ursi 4-9

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