Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Common Name: Bearberry  
Plant photo of: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
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Water Saving Tip:

Different areas of your landscape have different water requirements.

Shrubs need much less water than lawns and drip systems should never be scheduled on the same program with lawns.

Establish separate watering schedules for those areas.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Pink, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition



Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Ranch, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Parking Strip, Park, Parking Lot, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: J.J. Neilson Arboretum
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.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.