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Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry

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Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry is a versatile and resilient plant, perfect for groundcover and erosion control. Known for its attractive foliage and berries, it’s a valuable addition to any landscape.


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Additional information



Common Name



Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub



Native Range

Eastern North America, Northern temperate regions


2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Height Range (ft.)

0.50 to 1.00

Spread (ft.)

3.00 to 6.00

Bloom Time



Full Sun, Part Shade


Dry, Medium



Suggested Use

Erosion Control, Groundcover, Rock Garden


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Product Description

Introducing the enchanting Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry, a versatile and resilient groundcover plant that will elevate your garden with its natural beauty and ecological benefits. Known for its attractive evergreen foliage and bright red berries, Bearberry is a must-have for any garden enthusiast seeking functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Why Choose Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry?

  • Attractive Foliage: Features glossy, evergreen leaves that provide year-round interest and a lush, green carpet effect in your garden.
  • Beautiful Berries: Produces bright red berries that add a splash of color and attract wildlife, such as birds and small mammals.
  • Low-Maintenance Wonder: Once established, Bearberry is drought-tolerant and requires minimal care, thriving in a variety of soil conditions and sunlight levels from full sun to partial shade.
  • Erosion Control: Excellent for stabilizing slopes and preventing soil erosion, making it ideal for difficult landscapes and naturalistic settings.

Cultivation Tips

  • Sunlight Needs: Bearberry prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade, making it adaptable to different garden environments.
  • Soil Preferences: Thrives in well-drained, sandy or rocky soils but can grow in various soil types, including poor and acidic soils.
  • Watering Requirements: Water regularly until established, then reduce watering as Bearberry is drought-resistant once mature.
  • Planting Density: Space Bearberry plants approximately 12-18 inches apart to allow for their spreading growth habit and to create a dense, uniform groundcover.

Design Ideas for Your Garden

Enhance your garden design with the versatility of Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry. Use it as a groundcover to stabilize slopes, prevent erosion, and add greenery to rock gardens or dry, sunny areas. Bearberry’s evergreen foliage and bright berries also make it a charming addition to naturalistic landscapes, attracting wildlife while adding beauty to your outdoor space.

Ecological Benefits

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry contributes to ecological balance by providing habitat and food for wildlife, promoting biodiversity in your garden. Its low water requirements also make it an eco-friendly choice for water-conscious gardeners.

Elevate your garden with the timeless beauty and ecological benefits of Arctostaphylos uva ursi – Bearberry. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting, Bearberry is a resilient and delightful plant that brings functionality and color to any outdoor setting.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.