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Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

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2007 Walter Siegmund
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Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is a evergreen Subshrub (Shrub) and has red fruits (Berries) formed from purple flowers, making it a suitable shrub for winter color and interest. Kinnikinnick, also named Bearberry flowers from mid spring to early summer. Kinnikinnick can be found in all of Canada and in the following U.S. states; AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, ID, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY.

Facts about the Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Species of Shrubs;
  • Genus & Species Scientific Name = Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Common Names = Kinnikinnick
  • Other names; Kinnikinnick, Bearberry, Pinemat manzanita
Planting and Growing Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi);

Follow nursery's instructions. To propagate Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) use semi-hardwood cuttings in spring or summer. To grow Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) from seed either; direct sow outdoors in fall, or winter sow in vented containers, a cold frame or unheated greenhouse. To harvest seeds, allow fruit to ripen then clean and dry the berries.

Shrub Growth Details;

Mature Height; 45cm
Mature Spread; up to 80cm
Mature Form; Low rounded shrub
Growth Rate; Moderate
Sun Exposure; Part to Full sun
Soil Moisture; Normal to dry
Soil Type; Sandy to clay
Soil pH; 5.5 to 8
Flower Color; Purple
Flowering Time; Late Spring
Foliage Color; Dark Green
American Hardiness Zones; 3 to 7

Kinnikinnick will grow in the following North American hardiness zones;

Zone 3a, -40 to -35 F, -37.3 to -39.9 C
Zone 3b, -35 to -30 F, -34.5 to -37.2 C
Zone 4a, -30 to -25 F, -31.7 to -34.4 C
Zone 4b, -25 to -20 F, -28.9 to -31.6 C
Zone 5a, -20 to -15 F, -26.2 to -28.8 C
Zone 5b, -15 to -10 F, -23.4 to -26.1 C
Zone 6a, -10 to -5 F, -20.6 to -23.3 C
Zone 6b, -5 to 0 F, -17.8 to -20.5 C
Zone 7a, 0 to 5 F, -15.0 to -17.7 C
Zone 7b, 5 to 10 F, -12.3 to -14.9 C



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