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.
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
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.
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'