Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'
Common name: 
Massachusetts Kinnikinnik
Massachusetts Bearberry
Pronunciation: 
ark-tow-STAF-i-los OO-va ER-see
Family: 
Ericaceae
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Broadleaf evergreen ground cover, prostrate, compact, slow-growing, may grow to about 1 ft (0.3 m) high and 6 ft (1.8 m) wide; bark reddish-gray and peeling.  Leaves smaller than the species type, medium to dark green, may turn bronzish in winter.  Flowers white and somewhat pinkish, abundant.  Fruit bright red.
  • Sun or partial shade, reportedly tolerates wet soil better than many other clones, resistant to leaf spot and leaf gall disorders.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 2  Very cold hardy.  Developed by Robert Ticknor, Oregon State University, from seed collected in Massachusetts.  A popular selection.
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