Family: Ericaceae

Plant type Shrub, ground cover/trailer
Height 6 inches to 5 feet
Spread 12 inches to 6 feet
Habit Trailing, low growing
Foliage Evergreen
Growth rate Slow
Interests Flowers, fruit
Uses Borders
Skill level Average
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 3
Heat zone
Sun Part shade to shade
Moisture Moist
Soil type Very acid to slightly acid
Soil fertility Moderate
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered
Flower colour Pink, red
Flower season Late spring to early summer
Flower size Small
Foliage colour Green
Fruit colour Pink, red
Edible parts
Harvest time
Texture Medium, rough

Gaultheria are a group of evergreen shrubs, most of which are low growing and best as ground cover. They have hanging bell-shaped flowers in late spring which are followed by berries.

Gaultheria require a moist, acid soil in shade to grow well. Hardiness varies between zones 3 and 6 depending on species.


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