Vaccinium arboreum

  • Family name: Ericaceae
  • Host plant for: Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops)
  • General description: Erect, woody shrub or small tree with reddish bark, glossy alternate leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped white flowers. Small black berries in summer attract birds. Adaptable and easy to cultivate. Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Can tolerate drier sites with regular irrigation. Ornamental. Underused as specimen plant. Long bloom period. Flowers attract numerous butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Type: Deciduous shrub or small tree
  • Flower: Clusters of small, bell-shaped white flowers
  • Bloom time: Spring
  • Soil type: Moist to dry, well-drained, usually acidic, sandy soils
  • Vaccinium arboreumMaximum height: 25 feet
  • Candidate for home gardens: Ornamental, attractive bark and profuse spring flowers
  • Availability in nursery: Specialty and native plant nurseries
  • Frenquency in the wild: Common
  • Habitat: coastal uplands, sandhills, hardwood forests
  • County: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Okaloosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
Full sunFull Sun
Partial sunPartial Sun
Moderate wateringModerate Watering

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