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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

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Zones A1-A3, 1-9, 14-24, 34, 36-45
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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Kinnikinnick, Bearberry
Ericaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries

Native from Northern California to Alaska and beyond. Plant is prostrate, spreading and rooting as it grows; eventually forms a mat 15 ft. wide. Small, glossy, leathery leaves are bright green, turning red or purplish in winter. White or pinkish flowers are followed by red fruits. Plants are slow to become established; mulch heavily between plants to suppress weeds until branches provide cover.

‘Massachusetts’

Small-leafed, flat growing. Abundant pinkish white flowers and plentiful fruit. Good resistance to leaf spot and leaf gall in the Northwest.

‘Point Reyes’

Dark green leaves are closely set along branches. More tolerant of heat and drought than some other varieties.

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Vancouver Jade’ (photo courtesy of Geoff Kidd/Oxford Scientific/Photolibrary)
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Vancouver Jade’ (photo courtesy of Geoff Kidd/Oxford Scientific/Photolibrary)

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‘Vancouver Jade’

Flat growing like ‘Massachusetts’ but not as wide spreading. Jade green leaves turn bronzy red in winter.

‘Wood’s Compact’

Grows 1 ft. tall by 10–15 ft. wide. Compact red branches with dark green leaves. Clusters of pink, urn-shaped flowers come in early spring, followed by red fruits that birds eat.

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