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Vaccinium arboreum

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

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) bradleyiAndrena (Andrena) carolinaPanurginus atramontensisHabropoda laboriosaColletes productusColletes validus, and Osmia (Melanosmia) virga.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  These plants are frequently damaged by deer.

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
Tags:
heat tolerant, deciduous, drought tolerant, fall color, bees, birds, pollinator, specialized bees, native bees, larval food, winter interest, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 565

Vaccinium arboreum Fruits
Vaccinium arboreum Flowers
Buddha Dog, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Vaccinium arboreum Form
James Steakley, CC-BY-SA-3.0