• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous 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

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Jade'

bearberry 'Vancouver Jade'

  • Other common names bearberry 'Vancouver Jade'

  • Family Ericaceae

  • Genus Arctostaphylos are mainly evergreen, prostrate or upright shrubs or small trees. They have small, simple leaves and sprays of tiny, urn-shaped flowers, followed by spherical berries

  • Details 'Vancouver Jade' forms a low, arching, evergreen shrub to 15cm. The new shoots are flushed with red and it has small, pink flowers in summer followed by red berries in autumn


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect West-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, lime-free soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer or layering in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Patio & Container Plants Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning needed

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Prone to a leaf spot (see leaf damage on woody plants)

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