Eastern Teaberry

Gaultheria procumbens Tray/25

  • Understory plant in the blueberry family.
  • Commonly found in hardwood forests with light to moderate shade and acidic soil.
  • It will also grow in moist organically enriched soil and clay, but will perform best in moist well-drained soil.
  • Makes an excellent groundcover in shady areas of the landscape, tolerating even heavy shade.
  • Use in rock or woodland garden or along a foundation.
  • When the leaves are crushed, a wintergreen fragrance is released.
  • Will spread and form a dense carpet.
  • White to pink flowers in June- August.
  • The red seed capsules in September- November are a food source for a variety of birds and small animals.


Height: 4-8 in
Spread: 6-12 in
Spacing: 10-14 in
Zone: 3-8
Color: Pale Pink, White

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Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife:

» Attracts Pollinators
» Attracts Songbirds

Critter Resistance:

» Deer Resistant

Foliage Color:

» Green

Soil Moisture:

» Average Water
» Moist, Well Drained

Season of Interest (Flowering):

» Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

» Early Color
» Fall
» Spring
» Summer
» Winter