deerberry Ericaceae Vaccinium stamineum L. Listen to the Latin   symbol: VAST
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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 - sparkleberry - huckleberry
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Vaccinium stamineum can be found (opens a new window). USDA Plants Database
Vaccinium stamineum is native to North America.

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