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Gaultheria procumbens AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Suckering

Fragrance

Leaf

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Red in Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

checkerberry

Family

Ericaceae


Gaultheria are evergreen, often dioecious, shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and small, bell-shaped white or pink flowers, followed by long lasting fleshy fruits in various colours

G. procumbens is a dwarf evergreen shrub to 15cm in height, spreading indefinitely, with rounded leathery leaves, aromatic when crushed and turning reddish in winter. Small, bell-shaped white or pinkish flowers are followed by scarlet berries 10mm in width

Other common names

  • American mountain tea
  • aromatic wintergreen
  • boxberry
  • Canada tea
  • canterberry
  • chequerberry
  • chickenberry
  • chinks
  • creeping checkerberry
  • creeping wintergreen
  • creeping wintergreen checkerberry
  • drunkards
  • gingerberry
  • ground tea
  • groundberry
  • grouseberry
  • one-berry
  • partridge berry
  • procalm
  • red pollom
  • spiceberry
  • spicy wintergreen checkerberry
  • spring wintergreen
  • squaw plum
  • squaw vine
  • squawberry
  • tea leaves
  • teaberry
  • wintergreen
  • wintergreen oil plant
  • youngsters

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moist soils in shade or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free