Native Plant of the Month: Kinnikinnick

Photo of Beaverton’s Native Plant of the Month: Kinnikinnick.

Common Name: Kinnikinnick, Manzanita

Binomial Name: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Soil Type: Well-drained, moist to rather dry

Sunlight: Full sun to light shade

Form/Growth: Evergreen shrub

Foliage: Deciduous

Flowering/ Fruiting: White to Pink flowers and brownish red fruit

This slow-growing ground cover is one of the best all-around native evergreen shrubs. Used in a majority of City of Beaverton’s landscapes because of its hardiness, beautiful displays of flowers and berries, low maintenance and they look good year round.

Kinnikinnick does best in rocky soils with good drainage and they can withstand droughts. They grow in a tree-like form and will spread roots anywhere the branches touch the ground (usually up to 15 feet). White to pink flowers bloom from mid spring to early summer that have a bell shape and are .5 inches long. Rain gardens, planting strips, slopes and behind retaining walls are ideal for this shrub for the beauty it ads as well as the ability to hold soils together for erosion control.