Plant ID forum: What kind of shrub is this?

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malday
Jan 22, 2018 3:37 PM CST
This shrub started growing in my front yard and has become pretty tall. It has some blue colored berries and I'm hesitating to say they're blueberries. Any idea?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 22, 2018 7:34 PM CST
Welcome!

Here are a few ways to identify a blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) bush:

The flowers are bell shaped and hang down in clusters. They are usually white but some are light pink.

Blueberry plants consist of canes that come directly out of the ground, so a multi-stemmed shrub.

The leaves feel "waxy" and are alternate along the branch.

The plants are deciduous (lose their leaves in winter).

The fruit has a little 5-sided "crown" on the bottom.

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porkpal
Jan 22, 2018 7:57 PM CST
Looks a lot like blueberry to me.
Porkpal
Los Angeles, CA
malday
Jan 23, 2018 10:37 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Here are a few ways to identify a blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) bush:

The flowers are bell shaped and hang down in clusters. They are usually white but some are light pink.

Blueberry plants consist of canes that come directly out of the ground, so a multi-stemmed shrub.

The leaves feel "waxy" and are alternate along the branch.

The plants are deciduous (lose their leaves in winter).

The fruit has a little 5-sided "crown" on the bottom.



Thank you! I'll keep an eye on it since I've never seen it flower and I haven't noticed any leaves falling off.
Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 23, 2018 3:58 PM CST
DaisyI said:
The plants are deciduous (lose their leaves in winter).


A minor point, but I don't think this is accurate. Vaccinum darrowii and some of its hybrids/cultivars keep their leaves year-round.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 23, 2018 7:17 PM CST
Thank You! Jai. And apparently, the one you mentioned is not the only evergreen Vaccinum.

Okay, strike deciduous because I just found out that blueberries can be either deciduous or evergreen. Smiling
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