Cherry Berries Wintergreen
Cherry Berries Wintergreen
Gaultheria procumbens 'Gaulsidh5' Plant Patent Applied For; Can. Plant Breeders Rights Applied ForItem #42531 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
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Dense, glossy green foliage turns a splendid merlot color with cool winter temperatures. Clusters of delicate, bell-shaped, white summer flowers produce exceptionally large, red, ornamental berries that hold from fall through to spring. Works well as a foundation plant or groundcover. A delight in mixed holiday container plantings. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.Average Landscape Size:Moderate to slow growth; forms mat 10 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:gol-THEER-ee-uh pro-KUM-benzDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate to slow growth; forms mat 10 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Showy Fruit, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhitePatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasA northern garden problem solver for semi-shaded areas. Perfect spreader for ground beneath conifers and hardwood tree groves. Makes good greenery on shaded exposures of foundation planting. Does well in and around naturalistic water features where soils are sandy and well-drained. Thrives on banks and slopes protected by forest canopy. Great for naturalizing in wild gardens.Companion PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Dogwood (Cornus); Rhododendron (Rhododendron);Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, well-drained soil. Best in partial shade, but tolerates full shade. Protect roots with a thick layer of mulch. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
- History & LoreLore:Related to the magnolias, this northern woodland species is native to a wide range of boreal habitats from Alaska to Newfoundland. Gaultheria was named as the source of medicinal wintergreen oil, and contains the same painkilling elements as aspirin. It was commonly used by Native Americans within its range as a tea.