How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Manzanita, Kinnikinnick—Arctostaphylos spp.
Family Ericaceae (Heath family)

Plant identification

Arctostaphylos spp. are evergreen groundcovers and shrubs. Many varieties are available. Characteristic of manzanita are beautiful bell-shaped flowers and red bark.

Optimum conditions for growth

The climatic zone for Manzanita varies by species. They do best in full sun and like well-drained soils. Some water is required while plants are young; once plants are established, little summer water is required. Irrigate every 1 to 2 weeks on light, porous soils. Irrigating once a month or less is necessary on heavier soils.

Manzanita leaves
Leaves of manzanita

Pests and disorders of Arctostaphylos spp.


Invertebrates (continued)

  • Whiteflies
    • Crown whitefly
    • Greenhouse whitefly
    • Iridescent whitefly


Environmental disorders



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