Bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Extremely hardy, Bearberry forms an attractive dense groundcover in situations where few other plants can survive. Spreading gradually by surface rhizomes to form a mat, it grows naturally near sandy beaches and dry rocky slopes. Perfect for rock gardens, Bearberry looks great trailing over a garden wall …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Gravel, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 6" - 1'
Bloom Color White, Pink
Bloom Time Apr, May, June
Spacing 2'
Hardiness Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Root Type Rhizome
Benefits Hummingbirds, Host Plant, Deer Resistant

Extremely hardy, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) forms an attractive dense groundcover in situations where few other plants can survive. Spreading gradually by surface rhizomes to form a mat, it grows naturally near sandy beaches, on dry rocky slopes, and open woodlands in sandy or rocky soils. Perfect for rock gardens, Bearberry looks great trailing over a garden wall.

Actually a low-growing sub-shrub, the glossy dark green foliage of Bearberry turns a purplish bronze color in the winter and greens-up again in the spring. A single plant can form a bushy dense mat, 6-12 inches high and 3-6 feet wide. Dainty lantern-shaped white-to-pink fowers appear in mid spring, and last for several weeks. The bright red berries that follow are eaten by birds and small mammals, while the plant itself is deer resistant. Bearberry is a host plant for several butterfly species including Hoary Elfin, Brown Elfin and Freija Fritillary.

Once established Bearberry is a highly drought tolerant plant. It requires a well-drained, acid soil with a pH between 4.0 and 6.0 – it will not grow on clay. Established plants do not respond well to being moved, so choose the site well.