Bearberry is a broadleaf evergreen ground cover that produces white to pinkish-white flowers and red fruit. It provides multi-season interest in the landscape.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Heath
- Family (botanic) Ericaceae
- Tree or plant type Ground cover, Perennial
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, Non-native, North America
- Size range Low-growing plant (under 6 inches)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7
- Soil preference Acid soil, Dry soil, Sandy soil
- Tolerances Dry sites, Occasional drought, Road salt
- Season of interest early winter, midwinter, late winter, early spring, mid spring, late spring, early summer, midsummer, late summer, early fall, mid fall, late fall
- Flower color and fragrance Pink, White
- Shape or form Creeping
- Growth rate Moderate, Slow