trailing arbutus


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trail·ing arbutus

 (trā′lĭng)
n.
A low-growing eastern North American shrub (Epigaea repens) in the heath family, having evergreen leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers. Also called mayflower.

trailing arbutus

n
(Plants) a creeping evergreen ericaceous plant, Epigaea repens, of E North America, having clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers. Also called: mayflower

trail′ing arbu′tus


n.
a creeping E North American plant, Epigaea repens, of the heath family, having leathery oval leaves and terminal clusters of pink or white flowers.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.trailing arbutus - low-growing evergreen shrub of eastern North America with leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white flowerstrailing arbutus - low-growing evergreen shrub of eastern North America with leathery leaves and clusters of fragrant pink or white flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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TRAILing arbutus hid in crannies, and red-winged blackbirds teetered on crackling c-cornstalks.
The area is being replanted with a variety of wetland flowers, such as blue wood aster and trailing arbutus, and native wetland shrubs, such as sweet fern, buttonbush, speckled alder, sweet gale and swamp rose.