Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Common name: Kinnikinnick

Native plant

What to say about kinnikinnick other than what a name. It is derived from the Unami Delaware and means to mix with other thing. From what I've read and experianced, you'll want to mix the berries (they're drupes but let's not split hairs) with something because eating them straight is. . . . interesting. Please read up on uses before you eat them. Let's be safe. As far as landscape use look to put them in full sun on sandy soils to get them to spread out. Clay will not be a friend to you for these. Rarely getting taller than 5 or 6 inches high it can still cover many feet in all directions from a central point. Flowering in the spring with tiny pink flowers that transition to bright red drupes in late summer. Fall color is a deepr russet and the leaves stay on through winter. 

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Plant Details

Plant type

Shrub

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site

Habitat

Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Ground cover, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Slow

Flower color

Pink

Fall color

Red

Size

Mature height
6 Inches
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
10 Inches
Max width
5 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Pollinator hot spot Retains leaves in winter

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