Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Point Reyes'
Common Name: Point Reyes Bearberry  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation, Walkways


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Fire Resistant, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Bert Wilson Las Pilitas N
  • Description

  • Notes

This bearberry is a low growing, broadleaf evergreen ground cover with small, leathery leaves, red stems and bark, and pink, heather-like flowers in early spring. Flowers are followed by small red berries that are enjoyed by birds and persist into the fall. Grows 4 to 6" tall and 12 to 18" across.
Grow in part to full shade, in average to poor, well-drained soils. Slow to established, and it is sensitive to being over-watered. Berries are valued by birds. Plant where it is protected from hot summer sun and drying winter winds. Does not need pruning other than to keep it within the space allotted. A popular western native, there are many cultivars that have been commercial developed, including 'Alaska,' Massachusetts,' 'Point Reyes,' and 'Woods Compact.' Berries are good for birds, but are not recommended for human consumption.