Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Gaultheria procumbens
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
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Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Genus:  Gaultheria
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 Characteristics:  This native of eastern North America is suitable for woodland plantings, rock gardens, or heather gardens. Edible fruits.
Care:  Grow in acidic to neutral, peaty, moist soil in partial shade. Tolerates full sun if soil is permanently moist.
Propagation:  From semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or remove rooted suckers in spring.
Problems:  Black mildew, powdery mildew, leaf gall, fungal spots.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Native,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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