Gaultheria (Wintergreen)

Ornamental Shrubs with Evergreen Leaves

Varying from low, ground-hugging shrubs to small trees, Gaultheria include about 135 species native to four continents. Grown as ornamental shrubs, particularly in mountains parts of Chile and Argentina as well as the American Pacific Northwest, Gaultheria thrives in peaty, moist and well-drained soil and full sun or part shade.

Excellent as evergreen groundcover, Gaultheria produces fruit and flowers. Tall species accent semi-shaded portions of perennial and mixed borders. Smaller species are suited for rockeries and containers, often with dwarf conifers. Many species combine beautifully with Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Some Gaultheria take as many as three years to bear fruit or flowers.