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Common bearberry

  • Native Plants,
  • Trees and Shrubs
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Gilles Murray)
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi



Origin and description

Small shrub native to Québec. Its bearing is spread-out and creeping. The dark-green glossy leaves take on tints of bronze and red in the fall. Its small pinkish-white flowers, which open in the spring, then make way for red fruit consumed by birds. This is beautiful ground cover for big surfaces.

Height: 5 to 20 cm
Width: 60 to 120 cm (and more)
Blooms: white tinged with pink, May to June
Fruiting: red, from late summer to fall (may persist on the plant in winter), edible
Attractions for wildlife: attracts pollinators and birds

Common name

Common bearberry

Latin name (genus)

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Ericaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun, semi-shade
Soil type: adapts to different well-drained soil types, but often grows in poor, dry soils


  • Zone 2

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Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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