Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower

Pink Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower, Epigaea repens, Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower
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Trailing Arbutus is an exquisite woodland flower that boasts sweet-scented, pastel pink beauty blooms along running stems of shiny evergreen leaves, creating the ultimate groundcover for woodland gardens. (Epigaea repens)

Zones 3 - 7
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Groundcover
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-14" tall, Up to 24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
SKU 1EPIGG
This is the famous state flower of Massachusetts, but it is native to most of the East from Canada all the way to North Florida, and loved by all woodland wildgardeners. Also called Mayflower after the famous Pilgrim ship, this sweet-scented, pastel pink beauty blooms along running stems of shiny evergreen leaves, creating the ultimate groundcover for woodland gardens. Creeping stems grow to about 16, and the when content, the plant forms lush clumps, which are a spectacle on the forest floor in spring. This wildflower is not easy to grow or rapidly spreading, but when established, it is always the pride of any woodland garden. Needs acidic woodsy soil, so its best planted under pines or oaks.

Trailing Arbutus is credited with making a very dramatic impression on early settlers in North America, especially the famous Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, MA in 1620. Used to the exhausted fields and largely cut woodland areas of Europe, they were stunned by North Americas primeval forests, which created heavily wooded habitat, right down to the Atlantic beaches. In spring, these magnificent old growth forests burst into bloom with our now-famous host of Spring Woodland Wildflowers, unknown in Europe. The queen of all the spring woodland flowers, at least to the Pilgrims, was this lovely ground-running vine with its delicate shell-pink flowers. For this reason, the common name of Mayflower was given the newly discovered plant, and it will always hold an important place in American history.

Associated SKUs
1EPIGG
1EPIG3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
1FEPIG3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Common Name Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower
Botanical Name Epigaea repens
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 6-14" tall
Estimated Mature Spread Up to 24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Leathery green leaves. Evergreen.
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Groundcover, Evergreen
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsTrailing Arbutus or Mayflower
 
2.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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    (5)

25%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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Cons

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Best Uses

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)

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2.0

Love this flowersa from my childhood

By 

from Middlefield CT

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

    I have tried twice to grow these and no luck even though I went out of my way to do all that was instructed, no luck

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    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Poorly rooted cuttings

    By 

    from northern Minnesota

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Dead By Summer
      • Difficult To Use
      • Few And Tiny Roots
      • No growth
      • Not Expected To Grow

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

        As soon as I saw the cuttings, I realized that they were too poorly rooted to grow. Trailing arbutus requires a very acidic sandy soil for survival and growth. I provided these conditions in an artificial bed, but the cuttings showed no evidence of growth and were dead by summer.

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        1.0

        Plants failed

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        from NE Michigan

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Arrived In Timely Manner
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Did Not Survive

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

          I planted the Trailing Arbutus in my yard, my two sisters planted the other two plants in their yard, we are a gardening family, none of the plants survived the winter... no growth noted this Spring. We were disappointed.

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          • Personal
           
          1.0

          bought 9, none grew. very sad

          By 

          from muskegon mi

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          Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

          they did not grow and all disappeared

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Trailing arbutus appeare very healthy. I

          By 

          from Mahnomen, MN 7o miles East of Fargo.

          Pros

          • Should Bloom Next Spring

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fragrance

            Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

            Excellent service.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Didn't grow

            By 

            from Clearfield PA

            Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

            Remember thes a kid running through the woods. I planted but they never grew.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Fantastic find for a Wild Flower

            By 

            from Cresco, PA

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            Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

            These grow wild in our area but are hard to find. I remember searching for them in the woods while growing up. The beautiful fragrance is a clue when you are looking for them. I did not know if it was possible to buy them and then I came across them by searchin online and found them at Great Meadows. The plants are just as they are when growing. not just sticks or twigs but full green leaves and some flowers. i was so pleased with this purchasethat I ordered moreI may even get more later. the price is very reasonable.

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            • No

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Disappointing

            By 

            from Fairport, NY

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Died Within Three Weeks

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

                Such small plants, almost no roots. As a very experienced gardener I tried to be optimistic but all three plants died quickly.

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                • No

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