Subshrub ID: Red Bearberry

Photo of Red Bearberry

Red Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is an evergreen subshrub of mountaintops, rocky outcrops, grasslands, and sandy sites and grows wild in northern parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. The shrub’s leaves are thick and shiny, about 1″ long, and widest near the tip. The sprawling stems are noticeably fuzzy, and, with the use of a hand lens or loupe, fine hairs are also visible on the margins of young leaves. Continue reading

Quiz #128: Plant

Last week, I made a brief visit to a conservation property that is home to Pitch Pine, Common Lowbush Blueberry, Scrub Oak, Pin Cherry, Sweet-fern, and many other grassland and pine barren plant species. Along one trail, I noticed sprawling communities of today’s mystery plant. Some of the leafy mats even had red fruit. Name this evergreen subshrub. (Photographed in Wells, ME on November 12, 2014.)

Photo of Quiz #128: Plant

Photo of Quiz #128: Plant

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