The alpine bearberry is a typical procumbent shrub of the tundra, and barrens with glossy, green leaves which turn brilliant scarlet in the fall.
Probably would not perform well in very hot climates; otherwise it is a great little plant for a rockery.
Images: Alpine bearberry.
Just like in case of A. uva-ursi, the berries are edible and it has been used by the Native People (leaves) in medicinal purpose.
Germination: like all Arctostaphylos specie, the seeds have hard seed coats and dormant embryos.
Some sort of scarification, followed by stratification (cold/moist) is recommended. Sowing outdoors in late fall and patience may provide the same results ;)