Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, known by a large number of common names including common bearberry and kinninnick, is an extremely winter hardy, creeping, slow-growing, prostrate, woody evergreen shrub that typically grows to 6-12 inch tall but spreads over time by flexible branching (roots at the nodes) to 3-6 inch wide or more.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Bearberry, Kinnikinnick, Red Bearberry, Cowberry, Manzanita, Mealberry.
Maximum Reachable Height
0.50 to 1.00 feet
White with tinge of pink
April to May
easy to grow
Planting and care
Once established, bearberry care is minimal with exceptional to occasional watering.
If grown in poorly-drained sites or in climates hotter than preferred, this bearberry becomes more susceptible to certain diseases such as root rot, black mildew, leaf gall, leaf spot and rust.
Arctostaphylos uva care
Use bearberry on hillsides or over rocky ground that needs coverage. It’s ideal for use as ground cover underneath shrubs or around trees. Plant it along a rock wall and it will cascade down over the edge, softening the look of your landscape perimeter. If you live near the ocean, bearberry is salt-resistant, so use it as a seaside ground cover.
Full sun to part shade
Dry to medium
Apply for organic fertilizer
Arctostaphylos uva special feature
bears, birds and small mammals love the fruits.
Arctostaphylos uva uses
Sprigs of green leaves with red berries may be used as Christmas decorations
Teas have been made from certain plant parts (leaves, stems and roots) for a variety of medicinal purposes (antiseptic, astringent and diuretic)
Leaves are rich in tannins and have been used in the process of tanning hides/leather
Its berries are edible raw or cooked
You can make a refreshing tea from its young leaves
Frequently Asked Questions
What is another name for a Arctostaphylos uva?
Arctostaphylos uva is commonly known as Bearberry, Kinnikinnick, Red Bearberry, Cowberry, Manzanita, Mealberry.
How tall do Arctostaphylos uva grow?
On average Arctostaphylos uva grows 0.50 to 1.00 feet
What color are Arctostaphylos uva?
A Arctostaphylos uva plant bears flowers of color White with tinge of pink
When Arctostaphylos uva blooms?
With enough light, Arctostaphylos uva may produce White with tinge of pink flowers in April to May
How hard is Arctostaphylos uva to grow?
A Arctostaphylos uva is easy to grow
How much sunlight does a Arctostaphylos uva need?
A Arctostaphylos uva prefers Full sun to part shade
How much water does a Arctostaphylos uva need?
A Arctostaphylos uva prefers watering Dry to medium
What kind of soil does a Arctostaphylos uva need?
A Arctostaphylos uva prefers well-drained
How often should I fertilize my Arctostaphylos uva?
To encourage Arctostaphylos uva growth, Apply for organic fertilizer