Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Extremely acid (3.5 – 4.4)
Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Plant Height: 10-24 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Taproot
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Fermented
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Other info: Needs no stratification. Begins germinating in 3-4 weeks.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Bees

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 21, 2016 2:32 PM

A blueberry generally a foot or two tall. The leaves are bright (yellowish) green with pink tinge in spring; dark green in summer; yellow, orange, or dark red in fall. Spreads by underground rhizomes to cover the ground. Has tiny white flowers in dense clusters in spring, which are pollinated by bumblebees and mining bees. The berries are small, but have far more flavor and aroma than the bigger blueberries from the store, which may come from Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and its cultivars. The good flavor is shared by many half-high blueberries, which are hybrids of highbush and lowbush blueberry.

I grew the cultivar Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium 'Burgundy') (very dark red fall color) in a pot with pine bark mulch for several years, and it did well, aside from many of the buds being sunburnt and killed in winter. Transplanted to a bed in partial shade with about 8 inches of pine bark, where it grows with half-high blueberries, Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) , and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) .

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 1:44 PM

Produces half-inch diameter blueberries in mid-summer on low-spreading shrubs. Displays excellent crimson leaves in fall. Seems to like dry, acidic soil in full sun. Other than being slow growing, this plant's only fault is that deer like it.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Aug 27, 2013 2:51 AM

This is the state fruit of Maine.

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