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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts' (Common bearberry 'Massachusetts')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
1.8m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'

Other names

Common bearberry 'Massachusetts', Kinnikinick 'Massachusetts'

Genus

Arctostaphylos Arctostaphylos

Variety or Cultivar

'Massachusetts' _ 'Massachusetts' is a prostrate, mat-forming, evergreen shrub with ovate to spoon-shaped, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves, flushed red in autumn, and clusters of pendent, urn-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers in spring are followed by scarlet berries in autumn.


Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts' is: Evergreen

Habit

Prostrate, Mat Forming

Flower

Flushed pink, White in Spring

Foliage

Flushed red in Autumn; Flushed red in Winter; Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

No pruning required unless to limit spread.

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-ripe cuttings


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Where to grow

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts' (Common bearberry 'Massachusetts') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 1.8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained or moist but well-drained, gritty or sandy, acid soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Drought tolerant once established. Does not tolerate hot, humid summer climates.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'

Other names

Common bearberry 'Massachusetts', Kinnikinick 'Massachusetts'

Genus

Arctostaphylos Arctostaphylos

Variety or Cultivar

'Massachusetts' _ 'Massachusetts' is a prostrate, mat-forming, evergreen shrub with ovate to spoon-shaped, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves, flushed red in autumn, and clusters of pendent, urn-shaped, pink-flushed, white flowers in spring are followed by scarlet berries in autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Prostrate, Mat Forming


Colour

Flower

Flushed pink, White in Spring

Foliage

Flushed red in Autumn; Flushed red in Winter; Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

No pruning required unless to limit spread.

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-ripe cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts' (Common bearberry 'Massachusetts') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 1.8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Drought Tolerant, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained or moist but well-drained, gritty or sandy, acid soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Drought tolerant once established. Does not tolerate hot, humid summer climates.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts' (Common bearberry 'Massachusetts')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora pseudosyringae

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Present in UK since 1930s. Consultation in 2012 concluded statutory action was not appropriate.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts' (Common bearberry 'Massachusetts')

Common pest name

Broom rust of spruce; Common yellow witches' broom rust

Scientific pest name

Chrysomyxa arctostaphyli

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Serious risk but appears to be effectively controlled by current import prohibitions

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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