How to grow and care for Trailing Arbutus Plants



This evergreen plant called Trailing arbutus is also known as mayflower, is actually one of the first flowers to blossom in the spring. Trailing arbutus is a low, sprawling plant that really grows as a ground cover, creating a carpet of leaves and flowers. Trailing arbutus plant is found in eastern North America, from Newfoundland to Florida. Trailing arbutus plant is a slow growing plant and cold hardy.  

Furthermore, this plant grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 through 8 in semi-shady conditions. Trailing arbutus plant enjoys shade from direct afternoon sunlight. In the wild this plant is commonly found in moist sandy soil, damp mossy banks and under pine trees. The Trailing arbutus plant works well in a woodland garden.


The plant description
This plant is an evergreen shrub that can reach about four to six inches tall spreading twelve inches wide. The oval green leaves are about 1 to three inches long, protecting the ground with a thick leathery cover. A very fragrant white to pink trumpet-shaped blossoms appear in the early spring. The plant flowers turn into white raspberry-like fruit that are about ½ inch wide and they mature in early fall.


How to plant Trailing arbutus
Trailing arbutus plant dislikes root disturbances, which means it does not transplant well. One of the best growing options is to sow the seeds directly in the ground. Make sure you prepare the soil in late winter and then sow the seeds in the soil. Once the weather conditions are right the seeds will germinate in 3 to 5 weeks. The ideal spacing for Trailing arbutus plant is six to ten inches apart.


Trailing arbutus plant uses
This plant is visually pleasing when surrounded by moss. Make sure you pick a location that is slightly damp, because Trailing arbutus plant does not tolerate drought or excessive wetness. This plant acts as a larval host and is also a source of nectar for the hoary elfin and elf butterflies.

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