• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Gaultheria cuneata

Cuneate wintergreen

Cuneate wintergreen

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Cuneate wintergreen

  • Genus Gaultheria are evergreen, often dioecious, shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and small, bell-shaped white or pink flowers, followed by long lasting fleshy fruits in various colours

  • Family Ericaceae / Ericaceae

  • Species G. cuneata is a spreading, dwarf evergreen shrub to 25cm in height, with small, leathery, narrowly oval leaves. Racemes of small, bell-shaped white flowers from late spring are followed by showy white berries 1cm in width

  • Plant range W China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

Colour

Sunlight

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows well in acidic peaty soils in partial shade. Will tolerate full sun if soil is constantly moist. Remove suckers to restrict growth

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in autumn or semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Rooted suckers can be detached and potted up in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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