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Gaultheria procumbens Big Berry Group

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Checkerberry

Colourful berries in autumn and winter

Native to northeastern North America where it is variously known as checkerberry, boxberry or American wintergreen

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Autumn
Flowering July - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Light sandy, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Moist, Well drained
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 City or courtyard garden, Cottage or informal garden, Patio container plants, Rock garden