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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.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Wet Sun
Fall Color
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Mammals
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Erosion control
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