Vaccinium Species, Lowbush Blueberry, Wild Blueberry

Vaccinium angustifolium

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




Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Decatur, Georgia

Deerfield, Illinois

Chesterton, Indiana

Litchfield, Maine

Cumberland, Maryland

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Millbury, Massachusetts

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Brainerd, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cole Camp, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Lisbon, New Hampshire

Chatsworth, New Jersey

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Dickson, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Wilder, Tennessee

Orlean, Virginia

Sequim, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 30, 2016, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I've seen it wild in wonderful colonies in sandy, acid soil in southern NJ, northern MN, southeast PA, and northwest IN in the woods. It is good for a pH range of 4.0 to 6.0. Its native range is much of east Canada, New England, the Mid-Atlantic and down the Appalachians in some spots into TN, and the upper Midwest of east & north MN, most of WI & MI, northwest IN, spots in northern IL and northern OH. Handsome low groundcover-shrub that would be good in any yard or landscape with sandy, acid soil. Delicious fruit for man and wildlife. Nice little waxy bell-like flowers, and good red to purplish fall color.


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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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 r... read more


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.