sparkleberry Ericaceae Vaccinium arboreum
Leaf:Alternate, simple, entire or finely serrated margin, oval to oblong, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, leathery, nearly evergreen, very shiny green above, dull and paler below.
Flower:Small (1/3 inch), white, bell-shaped, occur in small clusters, appearing in mid-spring.
Fruit:Round, dry berry (1/4 inch diameter), shiny black when ripe in fall.
Twig:Slender, zigzag, red or green turning grayish brown, small leaf scar with one bundle scar, maybe scruffy fuzzy.
Bark:Shreddy and patchy with reds, browns and grays present.
Form:Large shrub or small tree that can reach 30 feet tall. Champion sparkleberry is 1.4 feet in diameter.