highbush blueberry Ericaceae Vaccinium
corymbosum L. symbol: VACO
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, elliptical, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, entire or serrated margins, green above, green or sometimes pubescent and paler below.
Flower: Small, white, bell-shaped, in clusters (corymbs), appearing in spring with the leaves.
Fruit: Small (1/3 inch), dark blue berry ripens in mid to late summer. Fruits are sweet and edible.
Twig: Slender, zigzag, green and red; vegetative buds are small, red and pointed; flower buds are considerably larger and round.
Bark: Gray-brown to reddish brown, very shreddy.
Form: An upright shrub typically with several main stems and an open crown reaching up to 10 feet tall.
Looks like: sparkleberry - Elliott's blueberry - deerberry - huckleberry
Additional Range Information: Vaccinium corymbosum is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting highbush blueberry.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson