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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'

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Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Arctostaphylos (ark-toh-STAF-ih-los) (Info)
Species: uva-ursi (OO-va UR-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Massachusetts

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Category:
Groundcovers
Herbs
Shrubs

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Rickwebb On Dec 4, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

My southeast Pennsylvania yard has a good quality, brown clay soil, with a tinge of orange and is barely acid of pH 6.9. If I had the truely acid, silty topsoil forest soil of PA, I would have palnted my Bearberry directly into the soil. I created a berm and I amended the ground with lots of coarse sand and peatmoss, plus some sulfur and iron sulfate granules. Then I planted one small pot of Massachusetts Bearberry in 2006 offered at the nursery where I worked. It took and by 2010 it had formed a good groundcover. It has had lots of bloom in April-early May, but little fruit set. maybe it needs cross-pollination of another cultivar or mother species plant. It is a lovely groundcover!

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Boulder, Colorado
Framingham, Massachusetts
Halifax, Massachusetts
St Paul, Minnesota
Downingtown, Pennsylvania



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