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Kinnikinick, Bearberry
Scientific Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.
Synonym: Mairania uva-ursi, Arctostaphylos adenotricha, Arbutus ursina, Arctostaphylus officinalis, Uva-Ursi uva-ursi, Uvaursi procumbens, Arbutus buxifolia
Family: Ericaceae
Kinnikinick, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos  uva-ursi)
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 20. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-9, 14-24
USDA: 5-10

Heat Tolerance: Poor

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Circumpolar, occurs in most of the USA, northern Europe

Growth Habits: Prostrate, mat-forming evergreen shrub, 5 to 8 inches tall (12-20 cm), 3 to 6 feet spread (1-2 m), orange bark, alternate leaves

Watering Needs: Moderate water


Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), U.S.D.A. Drawing, courtesy Hunt Institute

Cultural Practices:
Needs acid soil.

Blooming Habits:
The flowers are urn-shaped, pink to white and borne in small terminal clusters. The fruits are small (0.25 inch-6 mm in diameter), round, smooth, berry-like drupe looking like a miniature red apple.

Fruiting Habits:

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