low, very low
very early spring
10 to 15 in.
36 to 60 in.
Uncompaghre Plateau in western Colorado
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 7,000 ft.
This low growing, native shrub is grown for its beautiful evergreen leaves. It produces tiny pink urn-shaped flowers in early spring.
Mock bearberry manzanita is a natural hybrid of kinnikinnik and greenleaf manzanita. It can be grown as a groundcover, or can look great cascading over a wall or boulder. It is one of the few broadleaf evergreens that can tolerate Colorado Springs' dry winters and periodic droughts.
Moderate watering is needed until the plant is established (2 years). After establishment, mock bearberry manzanita requires little supplemental watering.
Mock bearberry is about the same height as Panchito manzanita, but is about twice as wide.
We do not have this shrub at the Xeriscape Garden. However, it has grown successfully in Colorado Springs in several locations.
No maintenance is needed. Grows slowly initially, so it will require a few years before it fills in.