grouse whortleberry Ericaceae Vaccinium
scoparium Leiberg ex Coville
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical to ovate, 1/2 inch long, margins slightly serrate, green above and paler beneath.
Flower: Small (1/4 inch), solitary, pink, bell-shaped.
Fruit: Very small (1/4 inch), red berries, edible.
Twig: Slender, zigzag and angled, green to red; buds small and pointed.
Bark: Gray-brown to reddish brown, smooth.
Form: Low growing, highly branched (may resemble a broom) deciduous shrub usually under 18” tall; usually erect, but sometimes matted.
Looks like: red huckleberry
| Additional Range Information:
Vaccinium scoparium is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting grouse whortleberry.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson