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Vaccinium oldhamii

Description

Requiring a moist site with good drainage in lime free soil, Vaccinium oldhamii  prefers a location in soil that is rich in peat or a loamy soil.  Does best in full sun with soil that has an abundance of acid.  Grown in locations not providing full sun will result in a less than desired fruit production. 

Not liking its roots disturbed, start or plant in pots until a permanent locations is chosen. Seed can be started in a greenhouse in a somewhat shady area.  Spending their first winter in these conditions is beneficial.  Come late spring or early summer, they can then be planted in their forever homes in an area protected from high winds.

Its fruits are edible, both raw and cooked.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant problems:  None noted.  

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Vaccinium
    Species:
    oldhamii
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    E. China, S. Korea, and Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Edible fruit
    Edibility:
    The fruits are edible both raw and cooked.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Broad
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruits are in the form of a small, dark berry.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Each raceme can have 8 to 20 nodding flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Papery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The upper surface of the leaves is sprinkled with bristles. More bristly on the midrib and the veins on the underside.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Description:
    Multi-branched.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Pollinators