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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.
Regions: Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Floliage: Fall Blooms: Spring/summer Bark: Winter Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall
Wildlife Value: These plants are frequently damaged by deer. Sparkleberry is a nectar plant for butterflies and a larval food for Henry's elfin butterflies. The fruit is eaten by songbirds, small mammals, ruffed grouse, wild turkeys and black bears. It provides winter cover. Adult butterflies nectar from the blooms. The bark is shreddy and patchy with reds, browns and gray colors present. 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:
- 6-20 ft.
- The Sparkleberry has small, bell shaped, fragrant white flowers in spring. It has gritty non juicy berries that last into the winter.
- 7 to 9
- Deciduous to evergreen
- Sparkleberry grow best in sun to partial shade. It likes dry to moist soil, and is 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.
- The Sparkleberry has alternate, simple, leathery, glossy dark green leaves, 0.5 to 2 in. long. The leaves show red to crimson fall color.
NCCES plant id: 565