Bearberry, Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Quick facts and care essentials

Ground covers

• Evergreen shrubby ground cover
• Zones 1-9, 14-24, 34, 36-45
• Full sun or partial shade
• Growth rate moderate

Good looking all year, bearberry spreads widely at a moderate rate to form a dense, foot-tall mat; stems root as they spread. Small white or pink spring flowers are followed by red berries in fall. Does best in well-drained soil. Establishes slowly; mulch heavily between plants to keep down weeds until branches provide cover. Many named selections are available. Space 2 feet apart.