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Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Gaultheria procumbens

This creeping, rhizomatous shrublet grows to 6 inches, with scalloped or bristly toothed, glossy, dark green leaves. Foliage has a strong wintergreen scent when crushed. Urn-shaped white or pale pink flowers appear in summer and mature to aromatic scarlet fruit that often persists into the following spring.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis native of eastern North America is suitable for woodland plantings, rock gardens, or heather gardens. Edible fruits.

CareGrow in acidic to neutral, peaty, moist soil in partial shade. Tolerates full sun if soil is permanently moist.

PropagationFrom semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or remove rooted suckers in spring.

ProblemsBlack mildew, powdery mildew, leaf gall, fungal spots.

  • Genus : Gaultheria
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
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  1. RochesterDave 04/12/2016

    Beautiful, but difficult to grow well. Very fussy.

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