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Bearberry
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Other common names: Common Bearberry, Kinnikinick, Sandberry

Other scientific names: Arbutus uva-ursi, Uva-ursi uva-ursi

French names: Arctostaphyle raisin-d'ours

Family: Heath Family (Ericaceae)

Group: Bearberries

Distinctive features: Sub-Shrub

Flowers: Spring, Summer;  White;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Simple, Entire

Habitat: Forests

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 198   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: uva-ursi: "bear grape"


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Photographs: 166 photographs available, of which 4 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page
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Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) leaves

Bearberry leaves.

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) flowers

Bearberry flowers.

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) berries

Ripe berries.

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) plants

In suitable open habitat, Bearberry often forms a dense carpet of growth.
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Range map for Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

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The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)