Vaccinium corymbosum L. - Highbush Blueberry


 

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Vaccinium corymbosum - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ericaceae

Habitat

Bogs, swampy woods.

Associates

 

 Distribution

Nova Scotia and ME south to FL, west to MI, northern IL, KY, AR, eastern OK and eastern TX..

Morphology

Upright deciduous shrub to 3 m, occasionally to 5 m, typically crown-forming. Leaves simple, elliptic to ovate, finely serrate, pubescent (sometimes glabrous above), 3-8 x 1.5-4 cm. Flowers white to pinkish, urn-shaped in clusters of 8 to 10. Fruit an edible blue black berry with a waxy bloom.

Notes

Flowers late April to mid May

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland

The fruit of this species is smaller but typically as good or better than cultivated blueberries. Fruits ripen in late June or July.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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