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Vaccinium angustifolium 'Brunswick'

Lowbush Blueberry /

Clusters of bell-shaped, white flowers tinged with red bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blue berries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. Lowbush blueberry has lustrous blue-green leaves that turn bronze, scarlet and crimson in fall. It grows well in dry, acidic, nutrient poor soil.

Benefits

  • Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
  • Larval food source for several butterflies
  • Fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife after it ripens in summer
  • Good nesting sites and cover for birds
  • Very cold tolerant ground cover that grows well in dry, acidic soil

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in full sun to part shade. Grows easily in light, well-drained, acidic soil. Tolerant of a wide range of temperatures and rainfall. Can be planted as a ground cover on slopes.


Height
8-12 Inches

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Spread
2-3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-5

Native Range

Upland woods, rocky outcrops and barrens; Labrador and Newfoundland to Manitoba south to Minnesota Illinois, New Jersey, and in the mountains to North Carolina.

Native Trivia

Because Lowbush Blueberry is a densely branched shrub that often forms large colonies, it provides significant protective cover for ground-nesting birds and other wildlife.


"Birds love the ground hugging shelter and great fruit this plant offers."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Small Shrubs
Exposure
  • Filtered Shade
  • Sun
Soil
  • Acidic
  • Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Dry Shade
  • Songbird
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Forest
Foliage Color
  • Green
Uses
  • Erosion control
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Ornamental fruit
Native to
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin