Arctous alpinus (L.) Niedenzu

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles



  • Arbutus alpina L.
  • Arctostaphylos alpina (L.) Spreng.


Other species in genus


    Fleshy indehiscent fruit with seed(s) immersed in pulp.
    Fringed with long hairs.
    The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
    A fleshy dehiscent or indehiscent fruit with one to several seeds each enclosed in a hard endocarp (the stone).
    Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
    Inversely lanceolate; broadest towards apex.


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    Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

    A low, procumbent, deciduous shrub a few inches high, shoots glabrous, reddish. Leaves obovate to oblanceolate, narrowed at the base to a slightly flattened stalk, often ciliate, 12 to 114 in. long, bright green, shallowly toothed. Flowers in terminal clusters of two to four; corolla urn-shaped, 15 in. long, with four or five small ciliate teeth; white tinged with pink; anthers chocolate-brown. Fruit a berry-like black-purple drupe about the size of a black currant.

    Native of the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and N. America. It occurs in a good many mountainous places of Scotland, including Ben Nevis and Ben Wyvis, Skye, Orkney, and Shetland. Its leaves often turn bright red in autumn. The best place for it is a cool damp spot in the rock garden.

    var. ruber Rehd. & Wils

    Fruits bright red. This variety is based on a plant found by Wilson in W. Szechwan, China, but similar forms have been reported from the mountains of western N. America.


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