deerberry Ericaceae Vaccinium
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical, entire, 1 to 3 inches long, green above and white, pubescent beneath.
Flower: Small (1/4 inch), white, bell-shaped with 5 lobes, yellowish stamens extend past petals in axillary clusters, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Small, purplish-black (may stay greenish) berries with a white bloom, edible but not always sweet, ripens in mid to late summer.
Twig: Slender, zigzag, green and red turning light brown; buds small and pointed.
Bark: Gray-brown to reddish brown, finely shreddy.
Form: Upright small to medium sized shrub up to 10 feet tall with an open spreading crown with twisted branches.
Looks like: highbush blueberry
- lowbush blueberry
| Additional Range Information:
Vaccinium stamineum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting deerberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson