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EPIGAEA repens

Image of Epigaea repens

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Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

EPIGAEA repens

Plant Common Name

Trailing Arbutus

General Description

The sweetly fragant, waxy, pale-pink bell-flowers of trailing arbutus are one of the highlights of spring in the eastern North American woods, and in any garden that is blessed with this delightful broadleaf evergreen. Creeping stems bear loose mats of oblong, wavy-edged, slightly fuzzy leaves, held stiffly on relatively long stalks. The flowers cluster among the leaves at the tips of the stems. Forms with double or deep-pink flowers are sometimes available.

This lovely little woodlander likes partial shade and humus-rich, acid, sandy loam. It grows well on slopes and embankments. Plant it in a naturalistic setting near a path, where its fragrant, delicate flowers can receive the attention and adoration they deserve.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No