Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Emerald Carpet'
Manzanita, Common Bearberry
|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.
Good ground cover for slopes, in rock gardens or trailing over walls, the Bearberry is widespread from coast to coast. Its glossy green leaves turn red in winter. Mulch with peat moss or sawdust to keep weeds down.
Attributes - Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Emerald Carpet'
Plant Type: Ground Cover
Bloom Season: Late Winter through Early Spring
Flower Color: Pink
Height: 6 in. to 1 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates.
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