‘Redwood’ Wintergreen: Native Plants in Maryland for Winter Interest

Jan 4, 2024 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Native Plants in Maryland for Winter Interest

‘Redwood’ Gaultheria procumbens – Wintergreen

 Redwood Gaultheria procumbens

Gaultheria procumbens ‘Redwood’, also known as Wintergreen,  is a creeping, woody evergreen groundcover that is excellent in woodland gardens.  The showy white flowers are bell-shaped and visited by polinators in  June to July. The leaves are leathery and glossy dark green.  In fall, the leaves turn a purplish shade, and beautiful red berries form and persist through winter.  The berries are edible with a grainy texture and a slight wintergreen flavor, the berries attract birds and other wildlife. Grows best in part-shade and moist, acidic, well-drained soil.

LGS Notes:

“I love using wintergreen in a deep shade garden for some winter interest. I have also planted it in a container in full sun with success. Walking by the bright red berries in the cold weather cheers me up!” -Lauren

“A beautiful evergreen groundcover, the straight species produces bright red berries, while the ‘Peppermint Pearl’ cultivar exhibits gorgeous bright white berries- a must-have for your winter container gardens.” -Jessica

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Latin Name: Gaultheria procumbens ‘Redwood’
Common Name: wintergreen
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Ericaceae
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Light Pink
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: ShowyLeaf: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Heavy Shade
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden.)

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