Formely called Pernettya mucronata, Gaultheria mucronata is an evergreen shrub grown for its glossy dark green leaves and attractive berries. The berries range in colour from white to deep purple. Plant male and female bushes together to ensure a good crop of berries. Cut back plants in mid to late spring if necessary.
The rules for pernettya plant care are similar to those for blueberries. They do best in full or part sun in peaty, acidic soil, so mix peat moss or organic compost into the soil before planting. Feed with a fertilizer for rhododendrons in late February and early June. A pernettya bush spreads to about 4 feet (