Gaultheria macrostigma is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.5 m by 1 m . It is hardy to zone 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to May. The species is dioecious .. The plant is not self-fertile. Suitable for: light and medium soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils. It can grow in semi-shade . It prefers moist soil.
Montane to lower sub-alpine open grassland and rocky places in North South and Stewart Islands from 39° and southwards., Woodland Garden Dappled Shade, Shady Edge, Ground Cover, Woodland Garden Dappled Shade, Shady Edge, Ground Cover
Requires a light well-drained lime-free soil. The plant can make a good nesting place for mice, these mice then eat the bark of the stems in winter causing die-back. Dioecious. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required. This species, however, does not need a male pollinator in order to fruit well. It also hybridizes freely in the wild with other members of this genus. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.