Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Bearberry, 20 Seeds
Zone: 2 to 6. Growth rate: slow growing, long lived plant. Type: low growing herbaceous. Perennial family: Ericaceae. Native range: northern regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Height: 0.5 to 1 foot. Spread: 3 to 6 feet. Shape: evergreen ground cover. Bloom time: April Ð May. Bloom color: white with tinge of pink. Flower/fruit: white to pink small, urn-shaped flowers followed by bright red edible fruits. Sun: full sun to part shade fall color: evergreen to reddish in winter. Drought tolerance: high water: dry to medium. Maintenance: low. Site requirements /soil tolerances: average, dry to medium. Moisture, well-drained soil. Salt tolerant. Does not like excessive summer heat. Culture: does not need pruning. Uses: excellent, evergreen ground cover for year round interest. Good erosion protection for slopes and hillsides. Rock wall, let it cascade over the edge. Sowing arctostaphylos uva-ursi seeds: bearberry seed need a warm spell then a cold spell in order to mature the embryo and reduce the seed coat. For best results, please follow the instructions in the order provided. Scarify: pour hot water over seed. Soak for 24 hours or soak in sulfuric or nitric acid for 2-4 hours and wash under cold water for 10-15 minutes stratify: warm 60 days, then cold 90 days, 40 degreesÕ f in a moist medium. Germination: sow 1/8" deep. Hardy, adaptable, evergreen ground cover, medicinal, edible fruits and leaves, attracts birds, wildlife food, cold, drought and salt tolerant. Over time, the Bearberry can form a dense mat, slowly spreading to cover a very large area to 15 feet in diameter.
- Bearberry is an extremely cold hardy, slow growing, evergreen ground cover
- Small, glossy and dark green leaves turn red in winter
- Small white to pink, urn-shaped flowers produce bright red edible fruits in August
- Generally grows 6 to 12 inches high and 3 to 6 feet wide
- Attracts birds and foraging wildlife, including bears