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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Common bearberry, Kinnikinnick)

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ark-toe-STAF-il-ohs oo-vah-ER-see Common Name: Common bearberry, Kinnikinnick Genus: Arctostaphylos
This is a fine plant for cascading over the edge of a wall. It's a hardy, prostrate shrub with intricate branching that often forms mats up to 3 feet wide, by runners. Fragrant, white bell-shaped flowers tinged with pink are borne in May and followed later in the season by red berries. The common bearberry's stunning red stems are studded with small, glossy, evergreen leaves.
Noteworthy characteristics: Found throughout North America from Labrador to Alaska, south to Virginia and California, it is called kinnikinnick by Native Americans.
Care: Plants should be sheltered from wind and prefer soil that is poor and acidic, never wet.
Propagation: Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Remove and pot up rooted runners.
Problems: Common: Exobasidium bud and leaf galls. Susceptible to various fungal diseases on leaves, stems, and fruit.
Height Less than 6 in.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Runs
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Native; Showy Foliage; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Spring; Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Pink Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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