Epigaea repens  
trailing arbutus

Epigaea repens
Epigaea repens
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Epigaea repens L.
Common name: trailing arbutus
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1 - 2"
Foliage: alternate, simple, evergreen, somewhat leathery and slightly hairy
Flower: pale pink to white, 1/2 inch across, 5 petals, very fragrant
Flowering time: flowers late March to April
fruit: berry-like, round capsule, 1/2 inch across, pale yellow-orange, ripens in late summer.
Habitat: acid soil in sandy or rocky woods
Range in New Jersey: most of the state
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Flowers are exquisitely fragrant.
Insect pollinated.