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

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season

Winter, Spring


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Lawn, Parking Strip, Park, Parking Lot, Walkways, 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. This groundcover makes a great lawn substitute but will need a medium amount of watering. It does well in coastal areas and inland warm valleys.
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