Scientific Name: Gaultheria procumbens Form: Creeping / Mat-like
Common Name:wintergreen Texture:Medium
Family Name:EricaceaeHabit: Spreading
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover Mature Size (ht. X w.):0.1 - 0.2m x 0.6 - 1.0m
Origin: Canada - eastern, U.S. - northeast Hardiness Zone:Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Elliptic, Obovate, Serrate
Flowers: Flowers solitary, White, Pink, Apr- May
Fruit: Capsule, Edible, (Accessory tissue), Red, Sep, (Persistent)
Exposure: Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained, Humus rich
Landscape Uses: Ground cover, Wildlife food, Woodland margin
Key ID Features:Low, creeping, evergreen groundcover; leaves thick, ovate, with very faint serrate margins and a wintergreen scent when crushed, dark green but may have a reddish tint in winter; fruit a red berry-like capsule (accessory tissue). Winter ID: fleshy red fruit that persist in winter with wintergreen taste.