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Redwood™ Creeping Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

Pronunciation: gol-THEER-ee-uh pro-KUM-benz
SKU #43848

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Description Dense, glossy green foliage turns a splendid merlot color with cool winter temperatures. Clusters of delicate, bell-shaped, pink spring flowers produce exceptionally large, red, ornamental berries that hold from fall to spring. This low-growing variety makes a perfect, showy groundcover in a woodland garden. Evergreen.
Light Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Late Spring
Mature Size Moderate to slow growth, 4 to 6 in. tall, 12 to 36 in. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Ground Cover
Design Ideas A 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.
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Dark Green
Companion Plants Pieris (Pieris); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Strawberry Tree (Arbutus); Oregon Grape (Mahonia)
Care Thrives in organically rich, evenly moist, acidic, well-drained soil, sited in bright shade or filtered sun. Best suited to cool summer regions. Shelter from harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly to maintain moist soil. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Spreads by rhizomes.
Lore Gaultheria is the source of wintergreen oil, used in toothpaste and other products.

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