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Bearberry vs Alpine Currant

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Ribes alpinum

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Bearberry
Alpine Currant

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.

Alpine Currant is a great shrub to plant along sidewalks, near building or at your property boundary as a hedge or accent species. It is widely used by commercial landscapers in parking lots and near buildings because of its hardiness, attractiveness, and pollution tolerance.

While Alpine Currant produces edible berries, they are not palatable.

BEARBERRY QUICK FACTS

ALPINE CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1b
Zone: 2a
Height: 0.1 m (0.3 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: many small red berry-like drupes
Berries: small, bright red
Flowers: small, purple-white
Flowers: greenish yellow and fragrant
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: kinnikinnick, mealberry, sandberry
Other Names: mountain currant


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