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- Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
A shrub with a crooked trunk, peeling gray to reddish brown shreddy bark and attractive red fall foliage. It is heat and drought toleran and native to southeastern US.
Seasons of Interest:
Floliage: Fall Bark: Winter
Wildlife Value: Sparkleberry is a nectar plant for butterflies and a larval food for Henry's elfin butterflies. The fruit attracts birds. Members of the genus Vaccinium support the following specialized bees:Andrena (Conandrena) bradleyi, Andrena (Andrena) carolina, Panurginus atramontensis, Habropoda laboriosa, Colletes productus, Colletes validus, and Osmia (Melanosmia) virga.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: These plants are frequently damaged by deer.
- 6-20 ft.
- Alternate, simple, leathery, glossy dark green leaves; 0.5 to 2 in. long; red to crimson fall color
- Small, fragrant white flowers in spring; gritty nonjuicy berries last into winter
- 7 to 9
- Sun to partial shade; dry to moist soil; drought tolerant
- Spreading shrub to small tree; crooked trunk
- Sun to partial shade; dry to moist soil
- Fragrant white flowers in spring; gritty nonjuicy berries last into winter
- 10-15 ft.
- .5 to 2 in. alternate, simple leaves; red fall foliage
NCCES plant id: 565