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Bearberry vs Green Alder

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Alnus crispa

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Bearberry
Green Alder

Bearberry is a dwarf shrub known for its creamy pink flowers and red edible fruits.

It is great as a filler in gardens and flowerbeds in place of invasive ground cover plants, like English Ivy.

Bearberry will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees to your property.

Green Alder is a cold hardy, native shrub. It is often planted on infertile sites so it can fix nitrogen from the air and improve the soil quality.

Green Alder is known for its smooth grey bark and attractive shiny green leaves; it is commonly used in reclamation.

BEARBERRY QUICK FACTS

GREEN ALDER QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1b
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.1 m (0.3 ft)
Height: 7 m (23 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Berries: many small red berry-like drupes
Flowers: small, purple-white
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: 50 years
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium


In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: kinnikinnick, mealberry, sandberry
Other Names: mountain alder, sitka alder


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no