Farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 28 ft. slow growing
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Other: semi-evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years

The small trees are full of blooms in spring

It's All About LeavesIt's All About Leaves
March 6, 2012

Leaves so often take a back seat to the more showy and colorful flowering blooms and fruits. While we wait for spring to arrive, let's take a look at leaves as the star attraction.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 1:54 PM

Farkleberry is an erect shrub or small tree common throughout the southeast, especially in dry, acidic, rocky soil conditions in woods. It has dark green, lustrous leaves that turn a fiery red, holding on late in the season before falling off to reveal attractive exfoliating bark. Small white spring flowers make way for clusters of black, inedible berries which persist into the winter. Farkleberry is a good choice for dry, acidic, rocky soil near the edge of woods. It responds well to pruning so you can have a short spreading shrub, a tall upright shrub, or a small tree.

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