Arctostaphylos uva-ursi - Bearberry


Bearberry is a small shrub often used as a groundcover. Evergreen leaves will turn bronze in the winter and the red berries will start in fall and last till spring. It is noted for its drought and salt tolerance making it ideal for the seaside landscape where it is useful for erosion control. Does best in full sun but can tolerate light shade. This is a slow grower, best to plant in mass. Excellent wildlife value. 

Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Ericaceae
Zone: 2 to 6
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: White with tinge of pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy
Tolerate: Erosion