Gaultheria procumbens – Checkerberry (western North America)
Habit: Mat-like, creeping dwarf shrub, 01.-0.2 m tall, 0.3 m wide; medium to fast-growing, spreading with runners.
Flowers: Whitish pink bells between the leaves, from June on.
Fruits: Pea-size, lively red berries; aromatic scent (of chewing gum); many fruits from August on, persistent into spring.
Leaves: Evergreen, leathery and thick, ovoid, shiny dark green, also aromatic.
Demands: Light shade to semi-shade, usually frost hardy.
Soil: Best on cool, moist or fresh, acidic-humic soil; sensitive to drought.
Hardiness: Zone 5b