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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'

Massachusetts Kinnikinnick
  • Plant Type:
  • Ground Cover, Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 1' x 10-15'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Spreading
  • Native To:
  • USA
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water, Low Water
  • Flower Color:
  • White, Pink
  • Bloom Time:
  • Summer
  • Special Features:
  • Attractive Bark, Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Drought Resistant, Intermountain Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • A1-A3, 1-9, 14-24


Several varieties of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi are popular groundcovers and ‘Massachusetts’ is no exception, for good reason.  The small leaves give the overall appearance a fine texture and it hugs the ground so well it cascades over vertical surfaces, creating a waterfall like shape.  ‘Massachusetts’ is not a very quick grower but it is sturdy, disease resistant, and a profuse bloomer.  All it needs are sandy soil with a low ph, and full sun.  ‘Massachusetts’ is more capable of handling cold winters than some other varieties of A. uva-ursi.  Once established, this Arctostaphylos thrives with just a little water in temperate climes, and very much prefers not to be fertilized.