sparkleberry Ericaceae Vaccinium
|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.
Looks like: Elliott's blueberry
- highbush blueberry
| Additional Range Information:
Vaccinium arboreum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting sparkleberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson