This ground cover, Michigan Bearberry, will trail over rocky and sandy hillsides and slopes. It prefers well drained and slightly acidic soils. Leaves are small and oval shaped. Bell shaped flowers are borne on two year growth. Round pea size fruit ripen in the autumn and are bright red making a spectacular show through the entire autumn and winter seasons. Michigan is the bearberry state. The clone was selected by Dan Hartmann in Luce County. The plant was selected for its low prostrate form, large leaves of deep green in the summer and bronze in the winter. Hardiness Zones 3-7.
Latin Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Site and Soil: Michigan Bearberry prefers partial to full sun, well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Michigan Bearberry is self-fertile
Hardiness: bearberry is hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 2nd year growth
Size at Maturity: 5-8″ in height
Bloom Time: Summer
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 1-2 pints when mature
Pests & Diseases: Bearberry is not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 2-7
Sunset Western Zone:
Sunset Northeast Zone: