small evergreen with white flowers and needle tipped leaves
No interactions present.
The only Gaultheria (or at least the only one in the UK) which has spines on the tips of the leaves is G. mucronata (hence the name!). However, the hybrid is not uncommon as a garden escape - true there appears to be a naturally occurring hybrid in Hampshire which looks a bit different from the cultivated versions of the hybrid - but the cultivars do pop up elsewhere.
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Ta for info - I'll add a revision to allow for cultivars,
Thanks for your ID. There is a much larger specimen bush near Mamore Lodge, a large house with ornamental grounds at a similar altitude, less than 1 mile away. Perhaps it escaped from there via a bird?
Possibly - as I understand it, this species and its cultivars are quite widespread, presumably at least partly by birds,
Lat/Lng: 56.7, -5.0
OS grid ref: NN1862