CRCCD – Blueberry, Lowbush EcoR


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Vaccinium angustifolium

CT  RG  E  P  EcoR

Soil:  Acidic (pH 4.0-5.0), Sandy, Well-drained
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Moisture:  Average to Dry
Plant Height: 6 inches to 2 feet
Plant Width:  to 2 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Good as an ornamental, to attract wildlife and for fruit production.  Great in shrub borders,  naturalized areas and rain gardens.

Abundant edible berry producer!  Deciduous twiggy shrub with great wildlife value.  Glossy reddish-green spring foliage turns blue-green in summer and reddish-bronze in fall.  Drooping clusters of showy pinkish-white, bell-shaped flowers bloom in May followed by flavorful small blue berries.  Remove flowers in first two years to encourage a good root system and a stronger plant.  Apply a thick layer of organic mulch to keep soil moist and protect roots.  Spreads by rhizomes (underground stems) to form colonies.  Take care in harvesting fruits in first few years after planting.  Aggressive harvesting can damage young plants and dislodge rhizomes.  Prune every other year to encourage new growth as fruit production decreases on old growth and lower branches.  Susceptible to yellowing of leaves in high pH (alkaline) soils.  Tolerates rocky sites.  Fruits provide food for songbirds, game birds, small mammals, and bear.  Attracts native bees.

1 gallon pot, 6-12 inches tall

Photo credits:
Native Plant Trust
University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Plant Database (photo by Katy Chayka)