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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'

Common Bearberry

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Common Bearberry is an evergreen groundcover that is suited to sandy or other well-drained soils with an acidic pH. It can be a marvelous solution for a difficult site since it grows where few other plants are happy. Artostaphyllos is lovely draped over the edge of a wall or large rock. Its small green leaves have silver grey backs and often appear to be edged in silver. 'Massachusetts' flowers and fruits abundantly and is a disease-resistant selection with smaller leaves than the species. Introduced by West Coast Growers, seed for this selection originated in Massachusetts.

Benefits

Beautiful groundcover for difficult site
Berries for birds and other wildlife
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Host plant for a variety of butterflies
An evergreen with three-season interest
Salt and Wind Tolerant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Arctostaphyllos uva ursi grows best in sandy or other well-drained soils that are acidic. Full sun or very slight shade is the best exposure. Bearberry prefers low fertility, so do not fertilize. Choose your site well because it does not like to be transplanted.


Height
6-10 Inches

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Spread
3-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-6

Native Range

Native to Europe, Asia and North America, in the US it is found in rocky or sandy soils in Northern and Western states.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

The specific epithet of uva-ursi means bear's grape in reference to the fact that bears like to eat the fruits of this species.


"Bears aren't the only ones who enjoy these berries!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Coastal
Forest
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Green
Uses
Border
Climbing, trailing
Edging
Erosion control
Evergreen
Ground cover
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Rock garden
Salt tolerant
Wind tolerant
Native to
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming