Gaultheria procumbens

Creeping Wintergreens, Eastern Tea Berry

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Creeping Wintergreens is a low-spreading, edible woody evergreen groundcover native to eastern North America.  The foliage grows on erect stems and the glossy, leathery dark green leaves turn reddish at the onset of cold weather.  Nodding bell-like white flowers bloom on axils in summer and give way to edible red berries that last through winter.  Both the leaves and berries have an aroma and taste like wintergreen.  Prefers partial sun, acidic, and moist well-drained soils.  Drought tolerant once established.

Type: 

Groundcover

Height: 

-1'

Spread: 

0.5'-1’

Spacing: 

1’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3-8

Culture: 

 Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

Summer, Year-Round

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance.  Watch for aphids, mildew, and leaf spot.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Gardens, Native Gardens, Rock Gardens, Foundation Plantings.

COMPANION PLANTS: Blueberry, Azalea, Rhododendron

Image: Dryas, Gaultheria procumbens 3, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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