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Plant Species of the genus Gaultheria

Information about this genus
Name: Gaultheria
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Frost hardiness varies with the species, the toughest being among the large broadleafed evergreens. They prefer moist, well-drained, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil with ample summer moisture. The exposure preference also varies with the species, though few do well in full shade. Propagate from seed, half-hardened cuttings or layers, which often form naturally where the stems remain in contact with the ground.
Description: This genus, named after Canadian botanist Jean-Francois Gaultier, contains some 170 species of evergreen shrubs. It has a wide natural distribution that ranges from the Americas to Japan and Australasia. In the main they are tough bushes with leathery foliage and a preference for temperate to cool climates. Many are small plants, often found in mountainous areas, where their bright, relatively large fruits stand out among the short alpine vegetation. They are members of the erica family, a fact often apparent in their flowers, which tend to be bell-shaped and pendulous. The fruit that follows may be small and fairly dry or a fleshy berry, depending on the species. Many species are aromatic, often highly so, especially the fruit.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Gaultheria 3 wisleyensis 6?9
Gaultheria antipoda 8?9
Gaultheria cuneata 6?9
Gaultheria depressa 8?9
Gaultheria fragrantissima 9?10
Gaultheria hispida 9?10
Gaultheria macrostigma 8?9
Gaultheria miqueliana 6?9
Gaultheria mucronata 6?10
Gaultheria nummularioides 9?10
Gaultheria shallon 5?9
Gaultheria tasmanica 7?9
hispidula creeping snowberry
procumbens 4?9

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