Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Common Name: Bearberry, Kinnikinnick  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition



Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Ranch, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Parking Strip, Park, Parking Lot, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

A hardy, creeping evergreen shrub, it grows 6-12" high and spreads as much as 10-12'. It has glossy green, leathery leaves attached to dark brown branches. Its flowers are white to light pink in late winter and early spring; berries are bright red.
Dig hole, insert plant slightly higher than soil grade. Disturb root ball very little. No amendments, just native soil. No fertilizers. Backfill the hole .Water lavishly. Mulch top of soil around plant in a 4' diameter circle. - Bert Wilson Las Pilitas