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Vaccinium angustifolium

Lowbush Blueberry

Clusters of white flowers bloom in spring, followed by tasty blue berries 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 soil.

Benefits

Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies
Larval food source for several butterflies
Birds and wildlife relish the abundant berries
Cold tolerant ground cover for dry, acid soil
Delicious fruit is high in antioxidants
Provides protective cover for ground-nesting birds and other wildlife

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers is full sun to light shade, mesic to dry conditions, and an acidic soil that is sandy. Plant different varieties for cross-pollination. It will increase fruit production.  


Height
1-2 Feet

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Spread
8-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-8

Native Range

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

Native Trivia

Lowbush blueberry is such an important food source for black bears in the wild that their reproductive success has been linked to the size of this plants' annual crop.


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

Good Companions
Black Huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)

Characteristics & Attributes

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