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Lowbush Blueberry Vaccinium angustifolium

Other plants called Lowbush Blueberry:

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vak-SIN-ee-um an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-um
Description

Low bush blueberry is a low-growing small native deciduous shrub.  Prefers full sun to partial shade, acidic moist to dry soils.  Plant more than one for the best fruit production.  It is commonly propagated in the spring by taking softwood cuttings or you can grow it by see. There are two types of blueberries: highbush and lowbush. Highbush are those that are commonly found in stores. Lowbush blueberries are smaller and sweeter, and are therefore used often in jams and jellies.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Spotted winged drosophila.  Alkaline soils can lead to leaf chlorosis.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Vaccinium
    Species:
    angustifolium
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America, NC
    Wildlife Value:
    Native bees pollinate flowers. Berries are relished by birds.
    Edibility:
    Highly edible berries are enjoyed fresh, cooked or frozen.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Green
    Pink
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Shape:
    Urn
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Lighter, glaucous underside.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Green
    Light Brown
    Surface/Attachment:
    Exfoliating
    Bark Description:
    New growth is green while older growth is brown with exfoliating bark.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    May turn red in winter.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees