Groundcover

Bearberry, kinnikinnick or Creeping Manzanita is an evergreen shrub with small, thick, leathery, paddle-like leaves on flexible branches. This groundcover shrub has reddish, papery, peeling bark. The leaves are yellowish green in spring turning dark-green in summer and finally turning a reddish-purple after the first freezing temperatures. The pinkish-white, bell-shaped flowers appear in summer in small clusters off the bright red stems. Bright-red berries follow the flowers and persist into winter.