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Commonly known as Box berry, Mountain tea
Genus of about 170 species of evergreen shrubs, some rhizomatous, widely distributed in woodland and open, moist, rocky places in the Himalayas, eastern Asia, Australasia and North, Central and South America.
Wintergreen oil, from G. procumbens is the common flavouring for toothpaste and mouthwash (Listerine) and was well-known as a muscle rub.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGrown for their small, urn-shaped flowers and spherical, fleshy fruits. The fruit is edible, though that of mucronata is insipid. Good for woodland planting, rock and heather gardens.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originHimalayas, eastern Asia, Australasia, North, Central and South America.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Soil ConditionsNeutral to acid soilPeaty and moist
Buy Varieties of GAULTHERIA
bright red berries
white flowers, crimson berries
pale pink berries
white flowers and magenta-purple berries which deepen in colour with age
bright scarlet berries
pure white berries - sometimes speckled pink