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Posted by mikebotann 8a SE of Seattle ( on
Wed, Apr 9, 14 at 16:40

I finally made it to town and saw some Kinnikinnick I really liked. A low growing, compact form with nice flowers. Much more refined than the normal uva-ursi. I need a name and want to get some.
The Pieris japonica, 'Mountain Fire' has some reversion and typically the maintenance mow, blow, and go guys don't prune the reversion out. I have a Pieris at home that has done that, but I leave it for demonstration purposes. I don't think this is the case here.

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RE: Kinnikinnick

I really like 'Emerald Carpet' (A. uvs-ursi x nummularia). It can take more shade, has nice flowers, and is a little moundier and more compact than the other A. uvs-ursi selections. The potential downside is it's less hardy (10 F or so).

There's a form called 'Wood's Compact' that is closely related to A. uva-ursi 'Radiant' but more like 'Emerald Carpet' in form. I haven't grown this one and don't know much about it.

RE: Kinnikinnick

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 10, 14 at 12:37

'Massachusetts' is supposed to be leaf spot resistant. This is the main issue with local plantings of Arctostaphylos of most kinds, that pretty much trumps other concerns. Plants can be - and often are - long-established, obviously succeeding yet heavily infested.

RE: Kinnikinnick

Thanks bboy, I hadn't thought of that. Leaf spot can make the plant look rather ratty alright.

RE: Kinnikinnick

'Massachusetts' is adapted to semi-regular summer clouds and rain. It'll do best in morning sun and with a few waterings a month. I tried to grow one of these in my west-facing xeric bed a couple of years ago and the older growth kept dying.

FWIW, my 'Emerald Carpet' does not have leaf spot issues, either.

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