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Gaultheria mucronata

Bold and beautiful ground cover with dazzling winter berries

A hard working evergreen shrub, ideal for small spaces and patio containers. Winter hardy foliage offers year-round shape and structure, taking on metallic and red hues during the coldest weather. In spring it is adorned with hanging bell-shaped blooms in shades of white and pink. The resulting red berries last right though autumn and into winter. This easy to grow shrub has many uses in borders and containers and makes a particularly attractive path edging. 


Happy in a shady border or in a large container on the patio.


Happiest in well-drained acidic soils in full sun or partial shade, gaultheria are easy to look after, requiring little to no pruning. Use a good quality ericaceous compost for containers and water regularly during the growing season. 


Only female plants produce berries. Both a male and female plant are needed for the best display of berries

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Autumn
Flowering May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. If planting in a bed or border test the soil to establish its pH. If the soil is too alkali it is best to grow your plant in a container. In either case prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig ericaceous compost into the base of the hole, if planting in a container use ericaceous compost to fill the pot. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Patio container, City garden, Rock garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting December - September