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Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower

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)
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Bag of 3 1FEPIG3

Price: $18.95

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Plant Size: 6-14" tall, Up to 24" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late spring
Shipping: Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

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Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower
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Details
SKU 1EPIGG
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 Season Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Groundcover, Evergreen
Ideal Region N/A
Ships to Canada No
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Description
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.

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        4.0

        Trailing arbutus appeare very healthy. I

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        from Mahnomen, MN 7o miles East of Fargo.

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        • Should Bloom Next Spring

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          • Fragrance

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          Excellent service.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Didn't grow

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          from Clearfield PA

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                Comments about Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower:

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

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Fantastic find for a Wild Flower

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                from Cresco, PA

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                      Comments about 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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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Disappointing

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                      from Fairport, NY

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                        • Died Within Three Weeks

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                          Comments about 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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