'Massachusetts' Bearberry has small shiny evergreen leaves with small pinkish white bell-like flowers in April and May, often followed by red fruits. The berries provide winter forage for many mammals, including bears. Arctostaphylos is a prostrate, flat-growing plant best grown in acid soil and sandy, well drained sites. Grows well in poor infertile soils. There are large colonies of Bearberry in the NJ Pinelands. 'Massachusetts' produces abundant flowers and fruits; it has smaller leaves than the species. The leaves feed several species of caterpillar, such as the Hoary Elfin. Selected by Bob Tichnor of Oregon from seed collected in Massachusetts. It is also salt tolerant.