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Empetrum nigrum 'Bernstein'


Plant Type:


Empetrum nigrum 'Bernstein' - This form of Crowberry displays its spruce / heath-like foliage in a beautiful gold color which becomes burnished gold-orange in the late season. 'Bernstein' will require another clone for it to produce its black berries which offer opulence studding the burnished late season foliage. (Empetrum nigrum var. hermaphroditum offers male and female flower on the same plant and will double the fruiting interest of both; it will pollinate the flowers of 'Bernstein'. And the var. hermaphroditum form, as Woody Allen might say, "gets twice as many dates".) The species hales from the Arctic Archipelago. Where 'Bernstein' may have been spotted we do not know. To satisfy this interesting little ericaceous shrub plant in acid fertile to sandy / bony moist ground... nice among boulders and stone near a wet area sited in part to mostly sunny exposure. Also good in a peat / heath garden where soils are never too dry. Established potted starter shrub from cutting.



2-4 in


12 in




(3)4 to 7
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Item Description Price  
EMPETBER Empetrum nigrum 'Bernstein' (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $16.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Empetrum nigrum 'Bernstein'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Natural Garden
  • Border
  • Bank
  • Edging
  • Knot Garden
  • Evergreen
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Rock Garden
  • Heath / Peat Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Acid
  • Fertile
  • Sandy
  • Draining


  • Arctic Archipelago

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown