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Vaccinium arboreum

Common Name(s):
Sparkleberry
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Fruit attracts birds; crooked trunk; shreddy bark; red fall foliage; nectar plant for butterflies; larva food for Henry's elfin butterflies. Heat and drought tolerant; native to southeastern US; peeling gray to reddish brown bark;

Height:
6-20 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, leathery, glossy dark green leaves; 0.5 to 2 in. long; red to crimson fall color
Flower:
Small, fragrant white flowers in spring; gritty nonjuicy berries last into winter
Zones:
7 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; dry to moist soil; drought tolerant
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Spreading shrub to small tree; crooked trunk
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; dry to moist soil
Fruit:
Fragrant white flowers in spring; gritty nonjuicy berries last into winter
Width:
10-15 ft.
Leaf:
.5 to 2 in. alternate, simple leaves; red fall foliage

NCCES plant id: 565

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