Planting under norway maple
This is a follow up to another post I made earlier. I have a Norway Maple in our yard which has a radius of about 8 feet in which virtually nothing is growing. Its also very shady underneath.
I believed that the lack of growth was due to the shade and more importantly due to acidity in the soil. So I got a soil pH meter (the kind you stick in the ground) and it said the ph was about 6.9, which is not what I expected. Do people have experience with these meters and are they accurate?
So, assuming that the meter is not accurate, and the pH is on the acidic side, I thought that Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) would be a good choice because:
1) Its ground cover, spreading plant
2) Likes acidic soil
3) Tolerates shade and grows in my zone.
4) Produces edible fruit
5) I believe this plant grows under maple trees in the wild naturally.
The only drawback I can find on this plant is that it is a slow grower. Does anyone have experience growing this plant in their home garden?