Ground Cover Shrubs
The Kinnikinnick, also commonly known as Bearberry is a mall but dense shrub that can reach mature heights of 6-12 inches. It is native to North America and is widely distributed throughout Northern North America from Alaska to Nunavut, as well as all the Canadian provinces and most of the Western and Northern states, with the exception of the southern portion of the United States, west of Texas. It is an evergreen shrub, irregularly shaped branches and leaves. It is related to the arbutus species, and grows into a dense thicket. It can be suitable for ground-cover or privacy shrubs due to its robust appearance. In the spring, waxy-looking flowers bloom, which yield to red, mildly-toxic clusters of berries in the summer months. The berries are a staple to local wildlife and in the wild are a personal favorite for bears.
The Kinnikinnick is adaptable to a range of soil types, including sandy and rocky soils that are very well drained. It prefers dry soil and has a low tolerance of moist sites or soil that is poorly drained. It prefers partial shade exposure but can tolerate full shade conditions.
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