Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Massachusetts (Bearberry)

White bell-shaped flowers that appear in spring are followed by red berries in fall. A dense mat of leathery, dark green, shiny, leaves that turn bronze in colder months serve as winter foliage. When branches mature they turn a brick-red/brown, while the bark peels and takes on a parchment-like appearance.

Blooms early to mid spring
0.5-1 ft tall x 3-6 ft spread
HARDY to -50°F (-45.6°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts birds
Drought tolerant
Groundcover

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Zone Zone 2
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar

Vibrant violet-blue flowers on short spikes in the spring. Foliage is glossy, near-black with scalloped leaves. Compact groundcover.

Blooms from late spring to early summer
0.5 ft tall x 3 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone
Groundcover

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Dark green blades grow in upright clusters grow in early summer, after which soft green feathery tufts appear later in the season that mature into tan wheat-like blooms. Moderate growth rate,

Blooms early summer to mid fall
5 ft tall x 2 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant
Moderate salt tolerance

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Leaves are rich green in the spring and summer and turn a brilliant shade of scarlet red in the fall. When the leaves drop, the very distinct square-shaped green branches with tan strips are revealed with orange-coated seeds. Fast growth rate.

Blooms late spring to winter
9-10 ft tall x 9-10 ft spread
Attracts birds
Tolerant to juglone

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White, waxy, nodding, bell-shaped flowers bloom above foliage of glossy dark green leaves followed by bright red berries and forms an attractive groundcover. Fast growth rate.

Blooms late spring to early summer
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
0.5 ft tall x 1 ft spread
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover

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This perennial features upright stems bearing dark lavender-blue flowers on dark purple calyxes and small green leaves growing in a compact, mounding habit. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer
2-2.5 ft tall x 2.5-3 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Drought tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Fragrant

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This deciduous shrub features vigorous vines adorned with deep green leaves and produces medium-sized clusters of round, green, seedless fruit. Fast growth rate.

Blooms early summer to late spring
Grows 20-25 ft each year
HARDY to 0°F (-17.8°C)

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White flowers with an orange-yellow eye bloom on dark green foliage that’s narrow, elliptic, and semi-glossy,  with sporadic blooms on new growth.

Blooms May to September
2-3′ tall x 2-3′ spread
Fragrant
Deer and rabbit resistant

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