Arctostaphylos uva-ursi


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Key Features


Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April, May

Bloom Color

Pink, White

Soil Moisture

Dry, Medium

Soil Type

Acidic, well-drained, sandy or gritty soil.

Hardiness Zone

2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Light Requirements

Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun

  • Description

    Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a small evergreen groundcover, which can be used to turn barren sections of yard alive again. It does best in dry to medium sandy or gritty infertile soil, and requires no fertilizer. It likes open exposed areas and thrives in slightly cooler climates, preferring zones 2-6, and isn’t recommended for areas south of zone 7. In mid-spring it develops white/pink flowers, which give way to bright red berries in late summer/early fall. The berry-like fruits called drupes, are edible but tasteless to humans, however birds and small mammals love them! The foliage for this plant is thick and hardy, and is generally evergreen, lasting 1-3 years before falling off and being replaced.

    Bearberry can be slow-growing but is long-lived in the right conditions, and over time will spread to be 3-6′ wide. It had a number of different uses by the Native Americans – making dyes, as a food source, medicinal teas and smokes; but remember to always do your own research. Bearberry is the host plant to the lovely Freija Fritillary butterfly (pictured above).

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

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