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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Also called Kinnikinick


Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

More About Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

  • AKA Arbutus uva-ursi
  • Other Common Names: Pine Mat, Mealberry, Hog Cranberry, Sandberry
  • Evergreen ground cover with small white, pink-edged bell-shaped flowers
  • Small berries appear in the fall and often last through the winter
  • Leaves turn greenish-bronze in the fall
  • Bearberry has peeling red bark for added interest
  • Very salt tolerant
  • Bloom Time: Spring

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Zone:

2

Height:

10-15 cm

Spread:

100-150 cm

Colour:

Pink,White
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Bearberry Growing and Maintenance Tips

Bearberry is sometimes difficult to transplant and establish. It needs an acidic, sandy soil. Very little pruning is necessary, only when maintaining the plant along borders or edges. May develop winter burn on the leaves if under stress.


Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Evergreen
Evergreen
Rock garden
Rock garden
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Berries
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Spring
Early Spring

Habit

Trailing

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Border/edging

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