Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Common Bearberry, Kinnikinick

Commonly called Manzanita, which means "little apples" in Spanish, these ground covers, shrubs and small trees are often seen in the wild on the West Coast. Their dense clusters of drooping, urn-shaped, pink or white flowers develop into bright red, apple-shaped berries that attract birds. The mahogany-like bark twists and gnarls attractively. Low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, once established. Prefers well-drained, infertile, sandy soils, but tolerates heavy soils. Start from fall cuttings or plant small wild shrubs, as large specimens are difficult to transplant. Pinch to control growth.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Common Bearberry, Kinnikinick
This evergreen ground cover grows in sandy and rocky soils and on slopes where little else will grow. The dark green leaves turn reddish-bronze in fall. Easy to transplant. Tolerates seashore conditions.

Attributes - Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Plant Type: Ground Cover

Bloom Season: Mid Spring

Flower Color: Pink, White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 6 in. to 1 ft.

Width: 12 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Low Maintenance.

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Arctostaphylos bakeri bakeri, Arctostaphylos manzanita, Arctostaphylos pajaroensis, Arctostaphylos regis-montana, Arctostaphylos stanfordiana 'Palisades', Arctostaphylos stanfordiana bakeri 'Louis Edmonds', Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Emerald Carpet', Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Gold'
 
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