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Wintergreen

Gaultheria spp.

Also known as

Canada Ted, Mountain Tea, Prickly Heath, Tea Berry

Gaultheriahumifusa by nordique (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Wintergreen Overview

Gaultheria is a genus containing around 141 evergreen shrubs and subshrubs, often grown for their showy flowers, fruits and foliage, these make nice ornamental garden shrubs. Some species grow through the use of underground rhizomes. Common names for some of these plants include Wintergreen and Prickly Heath. Foliage is leathery and simple, ranging from bright green to dark purple colours. Flowers are delicate and small, usually white, with some pink patterning and hanging from branched or unbranched stems. These lead on to bright, spherical fruits ranging in colour from red to bright purple to almost black.

How to propagate Wintergreen

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn or, for G.shallon and G.trichophylla, by division in autumn or spring.

Division

Seed

Other uses of Wintergreen

Grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits. Good for ground cover.