Vaccinium myrtilloides Michx. - Velvet-leaved Blueberry


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Vaccinium myrtilloides - (image 1 of 3)



Family: Ericaceae


Moist to dry soil and acid peaty or boggy habitats.




Labrador to British Columbia, south to PA, IN, eastern IA, and MN, and in mountains to VA and WV.


Colonial, deciduous shrub to 50 cm; branchlets pubescent; winter bud scale acute at the apex; leaves elliptic to lance-elliptic, entire, softly hairy beneath, not glaucous; corolla broadly cylindric, 4-5 mm, white or pink tinged; fruit blue glaucous, 4-7 mm.


Flowers May to July.

Wetland indicator: FACW

One of several species of "lowbush" blueberries. It differs from most others in having entire leaf margins, pubescent branchlets, and and pointed winter bud scales.


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


USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (

National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.




 Michael Hough 2018