Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen)

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Key Characteristics

  • Low creeping evergreen shrub, 5-15 cm high; stems trailing on the ground or below
  • Leaves alternate, simple, evergreen, shallowly crenate-serrate with short bristles, thick and leathery, lustrous, glabrous, emitting a wintergreen odor when crushed
  • Twigs slender, arising from stems that are usually below ground, aromatic when crushed
  • Winter buds minute, ovoid sesile

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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