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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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.
A hike up the Dune Trail in the fall exposes colorful mixed hardwood forest and delightful small plants such as trailing arbutus. The bright red berries of the native deciduous holly, winterberry, are eye-catching in a shrub wetland by the trail.
"This is trailing arbutus, and over there Indian pipes," Dutch would instruct.