Alpine Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina)

Alpine Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Alpina)
Credit: Arnstein Rønning | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0

Arctostaphylos Alpina, or more commonly know as Alpine Bearberry, is a shrub with yellow-green foliage and yellow flowers of the genus Arctostaphylos. It has a rapid growth rate and a height of 0.5 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. Arctostaphylos Alpina or Alpine Bearberry's floral region is North America US Lower 48 and Alaska, specifically in the states of Alaska, Maine and New Hampshire.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Arctostaphylos
  • Family: Ericaceae
  • Order: Ericales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Shrub
  • Native Status: L48 (N) AK (N) CAN (N) GL (N) SPM (N)
  • State T/E Status: ME (T) NH (T)
  • State T/E Common Name: ME (alpine bearberry) NH (alpine bearberry)
  • National Wetland Indicator Status: FAC
  • Regional Wetland Indicator Status: 1(FAC) 9(NI) A(FAC)
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: None
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: Medium
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: Yes
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Conspicuous: No
  • Foliage Color: Yellow-Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Moderate
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Black
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: No
  • Growth Form: Rhizomatous
  • Growth Rate: Rapid
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 0
  • Height Mature (feet): 0.5
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Short
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: Yes
  • Shape and Orientation: Decumbent
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: No
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
  • Cold Stratification Required: Yes
  • Drought Tolerance: None
  • Fertility Requirement: Medium
  • Fire Tolerance: Medium
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 120
  • Hedge Tolerance: Low
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 640
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 2560
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 12
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 197
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 12
  • Shade Tolerance: Intermediate
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -20
  • Bloom Period: Early Spring
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: Medium
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: Yes
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: Yes
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: Yes
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 1700
  • Small Grain: No

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