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ARCTOSTAPHYLOS 'Emerald Carpet'
Bearberry, Emerald Carpet Bearberry, Kinnikinnick
Many lawns in the American West were abandoned and replanted with this creeping, evergreen shrub to conserve water, and it has proven itself over the long term. It is a hybrid selection of Arctostaphylos uva ursi, which is native to a large range in Eurasia. The small, round green leaves of ‘Emerald Carpet’ are bone densely on twigs with characteristic sepia-colored, smooth bark that peels periodically as the plant ages. Growth is low and spreading, and becomes quite dense and uniform with time. Clusters of small white-tinged, pink, urn-shaped flowers bloom from late winter into spring, then give way to red pea-sized fruits which ripen over summer. They are a popular forage for wildlife.
The key to success with this plant is very good drainage. It does best in light, sandy loam or on hillsides with express runoff where it can help control erosion. Beware of over watering in the summer when ‘Emeral Carpet,’ like other bearberries, prefers drier conditions. It does not tolerate rainy, humid climates. This is a valuable cultivar for coverage among pines and oak trees where soils can be too acidic for other species. Use it to create green fields amidst more blue-gray colored dry land plants.
10 - 8
8 - 10
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
1'-0' / 0.3m - 0.0m
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Light Pink
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