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Redwood™ Creeping Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens

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.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationgol-THEER-ee-uh pro-KUM-benz
LoreGaultheria is the source of wintergreen oil, used in toothpaste and other products.
Average Size at MaturityModerate to slow growth, 4 to 6 in. tall, 12 to 36 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseMass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureExtreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsPieris (Pieris); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Strawberry Tree (Arbutus); Oregon Grape (Mahonia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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