A small forest plant with glossy evergreen leaves. Fruit is a bright red berry which persists on the plant all winter. The berries and tender young leaves have a pleasant, wintergreen flavor. The mature leaves can be used to make tea. Spreads slowly by rhizomes to form a colony. Requires a well-drained, acidic soil. May prefer a bit of shade, but does well in full sun if the soil is not too dry. Tolerates heavy shade, but will grow and fruit best with plenty of light.
Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Dry Soil, Moist Soil
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7