dwarf bilberry Ericaceae Vaccinium
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical to oblanceolate, 1/2 to 2 inches long, margins serrate to the midpoint, tip rounded, green above and paler beneath.
Flower: Small (1/4 inch), solitary, white to red, bell-shaped but twice as long as wide, appearing after the leaves.
Fruit: Small, blue berries with a white bloom, edible and sweet.
Twig: Slender, zigzag, yellow-green to red; buds small and pointed.
Bark: Gray-brown to reddish brown, finely shreddy.
Form: Low growing, highly branched deciduous shrub usually under 18” tall; erect but mat-forming.
Looks like: bog blueberry
- ovalleaf huckleberry
- big huckleberry
| Additional Range Information:
Vaccinium cespitosum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting dwarf bilberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson