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Gaultheria procumbens

Wintergreen
Ericaceae
Evergreen, Perennials, Decorative fruit or berries

GAULTHERIA

These shrubs bear urn-shaped flowers and fleshy, berrylike fruit. They all need moist, acid soil rich in organic matter. Smaller kinds are favored for rock gardens and woodland plantings. Larger kinds are good companions for other acid-loving shrubs such as rhododendrons and azaleas.

Gaultheria procumbens

Native to eastern North America. Creeping stems send up erect branches to 6 in. high, with oval, 2-in., glossy dark green leaves clustered toward tips. Foliage emits a strong wintergreen odor when bruised, turns reddish with winter cold. Small pinkish white summer flowers are followed by scarlet berries. Both berries and foliage have flavor of wintergreen (or teaberry). Use as ground cover; plant 1 ft. apart.

‘Macrocarpa’ is a compact variety bearing a heavy crop of fruit.

‘Red Baron’ has notably large fruits.

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