Blue Ridge Blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1 to 3 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Blooms on old wood
Other: not showy but nice
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

a planted patch

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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-06-09a planted patch
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-06-09leaves and a label sign
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-06-09foliage and immature, developing fruit
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 11, 2019 2:46 PM

If I did not see the label sign, I would have thought it was the Northern Lowbush Blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolium, that is so similar, and that I see in some areas wild in southeast PA and southern New Jersey. This Blue Ridge species differs in having a little wider and rounder leaves that are light green underneath and to 2.25 inches long by 1 inch wide, and with less of any tiny teeth along the margins. The Blue Ridge species is native from southern Ontario & New England down into Georgia to eastern Oklahoma & Kansas through Minnesota in upland rocky forests, open wooded bluffs, rocky hillsides, sandy forests & savannahs, sandstone cliffs & glades, and sandy fields and ditches. It is adapted to fire because it has underground runners. Where it is present, the fruit is harvested by people for eating. Tennessee Wholesale Nursery sells plants.

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