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PlantFiles: Lowbush Blueberry, Wild Blueberry
Vaccinium angustifolium

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Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: angustifolium (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

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21 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Herbs
Shrubs

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous
Blue-Green

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Profile:

4 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive breyerfiend On Jun 28, 2010, breyerfiend from Delaware, OH wrote:

I'm a new member & not sure I'm posting properly but I lived near Fairbanks Alaska in the 60's & we picked wild low bush blueberries on Eielson air force base where they grew in large areas of low ground (bogs) they were delicious but very tart & needed more sugar in the pies.YUM Carolyn

Neutral scott_lumry On Oct 28, 2007, scott_lumry from Natchitoches, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The information I have in front of me in the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Garden Gate magazine indicates that the Cold Hardy zone is 2 to 8 and the Heat tolerant zone is 8 to 1. I can't say as I've seen any around here, but would love to try them out and since I am in zone 8a I am hoping to make them successful.

Positive hschutte On Jun 8, 2003, hschutte wrote:

These lowbush blueberries do grow wild in the southern area of north carolina {zone 7b-8} in areas where clay soil isn't as common. I couldn't believe it myself.. But if you go to badin lake, there is a wooded area by the train tracks where you'll find both low-bush and high-bush blueberries. The low-bush taste pretty good. But, I notices that they do not fruit much. There are also blueberries called sparkleberries that fruity later. I haven't tried them yet to see how they taste. Lowbush seem to be difficult to transplant.

Positive abbeydabbeyding On Apr 30, 2003, abbeydabbeyding wrote:

I am ALMOST certain the plant growing wild in the oak-pine forest of rural Lexington County, SC, is a wild blueberry. The fruit is delicious and a reddish-purple color. The foliage is silvery-green in color and has a silver gleam at night when a car's headlight's shine on it. It is amazingly prolific and tends to ripen before the wild Muscadine (purple) grapes of this same area. If you're interested in this plant, visit the sand hills/inner coastal plain of SC!

Positive ohmysweetpjs On Nov 6, 2002, ohmysweetpjs from Brookeville, MD wrote:

DELICIOUS!!! A treasure to find along the road side. I spent much of my summer days as a child picking these berries in the Catskills. However, their fruit bearing reflects the amount of rain they recieve. Which meant that this year, there was pretty much no berries.

Neutral Terry On Mar 20, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Blueberries are an excellent landscaping plant, providing the gardener with fairly disease-resistant, trouble-free fruit. Lowbush or wild blueberries are much smaller than their highbush and rabbiteye cousins, and are less likely to be found in a cultivated setting. However, their low stature can lend itself to creating an attractive groundcover with dainty flowers followed by fruit, and foliage that changes to fiery red in the fall.

Blueberries do require an acidic soil, typically 5.5 pH or lower, and can take three to five years to begin bearing sizeable quantities of fruit. Protect ripening fruit from hungry birds with netting.

Lowbush fruit is relatively small (about 1/4" in diameter), and very sweet. Like the other varieties, it should be picked when ripe, and if preparing for freezing, do not wash off its waxy blush, but instead spread the unwashed fruit in a single layer, pick over carefully, then freeze. When frozen, place in a ziplock or airtight container and return to freezer. When ready to use, pour out what the amount you need, rinse, then add to the recipe.

Neutral Dynamo On Mar 5, 2002, Dynamo wrote:

This little blueberry is much appreciated by people who know it. This plant makes good ground cover in acid soils. It will grow in the woods (like the one in this photo) or in sunny fields. The foliage turns a nice scarlet in the fall with red twigs all winter. The white flowers in spring are followed by the dark blueand
to black fruit.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Decatur, Georgia
Deerfield, Illinois
Litchfield, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Millbury, Massachusetts
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Lisbon, New Hampshire
Chatsworth, New Jersey
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Dickson, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Wilder, Tennessee
Orlean, Virginia
Sequim, Washington
Vancouver, Washington



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