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Arctostaphylos rubra (Red fruit bearberry)
Weyand, Phyllis

Arctostaphylos rubra

Arctostaphylos rubra (Rehder & Wilson) Fernald

Red Fruit Bearberry, Alpine Bearberry, Arctic Bearberry, Red Manzanita, Ravenberry

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Arctostaphylos alpina ssp. rubra, Arctostaphylos alpina var. rubra, Arctous erythrocarpa, Arctous rubra


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Raceme
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: 1 to 6 inches (3-15 cm) tall.
Flower: Sepals 5
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Young blooms are yellowish-green, turning white on maturity.


Canada: AB , ON , SK

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Arctostaphylos rubra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arctostaphylos rubra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arctostaphylos rubra


Record Modified: 2011-07-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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