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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Featured Plant Category: Focal point

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: White-Pink

Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry

Soil Type: Acidic, well-drained, sandy or gritty soil

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Bearberry is a small evergreen groundcover, which can be used to turn barren sections of yard alive again. It does best in dry to medium sandy or gritty infertile soil, and requires no fertilizer. It likes open exposed areas and thrives in slightly cooler climates, preferring zones 2-6, and isn’t recommended for areas south of zone 7. In mid-spring it develops white/pink flowers, which give way to bright red berries in late summer/early fall. The berry-like fruits called drupes, are edible but tasteless to humans, however birds and other mammals love them! The foliage for this plant is thick and hardy, and is generally evergreen, lasting 1-3 years before falling off and being replaced.

Bearberry can be slow-growing but is long-lived in the right conditions, and over time will spread to be 3-6′ wide. It had a number of different uses by the Native Americans – making dyes, as a food source, medicinal teas and smokes; but remember to always do your own research. Bearberry is the host plant to the lovely Freija Fritillary butterfly.

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Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

April to May

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Dry

Soil Type

Acidic, well-drained, sandy or gritty soil.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, kinnikinnick, bear grapes, mealberry, sandberry, mountain box, fox plum, hog crawberry, barren myrtle

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants supports the United States Postal Service, so your plants will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.

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