Bearberry is an evergreen shrub. It blooms anywhere between March and June and is a long-term re-vegetative species.
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 careOnce 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. ItÃƒÆ’ ¢Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡ ¬Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾ ¢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
Attracts: BirdsFruit: Showybears, 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