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Very Berry Creeping Wintergreen

Gaultheria procumbens 'Very Berry'

A showy eastern American native shrub with a dense mat of glossy dark green leaves that emit a strong wintergreen aroma when crushed. Blooms in clusters of small, bell-shaped, white, summer flowers that give way to bright red, aromatic berries. The foliage brightens to purple in fall. An ideal problem solver for acidic soils. Evergreen.
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Botanical Pronunciationgol-THEER-ee-uh pro-KUM-benz
Average Size at MaturityModerate to slow growth, 6 to 12 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitMat
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseMass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsLily of the Valley (Pieris); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Strawberry Tree (Arbutus); Oregon Grape Holly (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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