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Other Names

Bear Grape
Mountain Box
Mountain Cranberry
Mountain Tobacco
Upland Cranberry

Bearberry Facts

Bearberry is any of three species of dwarf shrubs in the genus Arctostaphylos, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, or Common Bearberry, Arctostaphylos alpina, or Alpine Bearberry, and Arctostaphylos rubra, or Red Bearberry. Bearberry is also known by many other common names, including Arberry, Bear Grape, Mealberry, Mountain Box, Mountain Cranberry, Mountain Tobacco, Sandberry, and Upland Cranberry. Red Bearberry is also called Hog Cranberry and Wild Cranberry. Alpine Bearberry is also known as Black Bearberry, and Mountain Bearberry.

Bearberry Plants

Bearberry Plants are widely found in northern temperate zones. Bearberry Plants are very winter hardy but take awhile to grow. Bearberry Plants spread by stem rooting. It is usually difficult to transplant Bearberry Plants.

Grow Bearberries

A bearberry needs well fertilized soil in order to thrive. It must be watered daily for about a year.

Bearberry Uses

The bearberry has many uses. Bearberries are used for many medical purposes. Some also make bearberry tea, which can also be used to treat sickness. Bearberry leaves were one of the main ingredients in a tobacco mixture smoked by some Native American tribes called kinnikinnick. Other ingredients might include non-poisonous sumac leaves, and the inner bark of bushes such as red osier dogwood, chokecherry, and alder.

Bearberry Farms

It may be possible to find any bearberry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Bearberry Stories

Bear sightings a common occurrence in Whitecourt 0
Plants such as blueberry, huckleberry, bearberry, beaked hazelnut, rose, currants, buffalo-berries, crowberry and wild sasparilla occur throughout the Whitecourt area and are dietary staples to black bears in August, and until late fall, as bear's ... Whitecourt Star [ story ]

North Lake Tahoe Reveals 5 Reasons to Visit this Autumn
Soak up essential vitamins and antioxidants of hawthorn and bearberry to heal and restore. Active masques refine and rejuvenate with radish seed, primrose and melon. (50 minutes). Fall Manicure & Pedicure - The vitality of minerals from the Swiss Alps ... Broadway World [ story ]

Autumn Colors: Photos
Blueberry and dwarf birch leaves turned to autumn colors, resting among green bearberry leaves and white lichens in Denali National Park, Alaska. Darrell Gulin/Corbis. Dew drops on a tangled spider web create a lens reflecting the American Flag. Discovery News [ story ]

Photo - Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis, Missouri

Selected Species

Alpine Bearberry
Common Bearberry
Red Bearberry

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