Long-lived trailing evergreen shrub growing from 6 to 12 inches high. Glossy foliage turns from yellow-green in the spring to dark green in the summer and finally reddish-purple in the fall. Small pinkish-white urn-shaped flowers bloom in the spring. Following the flowers, the plant produces small red berries that can persist into the winter. Bearberry makes a great ground cover; prefers full sun and dry to moist soils. Can be used as a soil stabilizer and is tolerant to the cold. Wildlife is attracted to the berries and the flowers attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.