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Vaccinium arboreum

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vak-SIN-ee-um ar-BOR-ee-um
Description

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

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  

Cultivars:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#deciduous#fall color#birds#pollinators#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#larval food#native bees#winter interest#specialized bees#highly beneficial coastal plants
Cultivars:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#deciduous#fall color#birds#pollinators#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#larval food#native bees#winter interest#specialized bees#highly beneficial coastal plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Vaccinium
    Species:
    arboreum
    Family:
    Ericaceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Shredding
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought