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Shiny blueberry
Vaccinium myrsinites
Ericaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent shrub.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida. Available in Parrish at Sweet Bay Nursery, LLC (941-776-0501).
Description:
Small compact densely-branched shrub with numerous underground branches. Leaves small, thick and shiny green, about 1/4 to 3/4 inches long.
Dimensions:
Typically, 1-2 feet in height. Spreading from underground stems and forming masses broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Miami-Dade and Collier counties.
Habitats:
Pinelands.
Soils:
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus, acid pH.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White to pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring.
Fruit:
Black berry. Edible.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food and cover for wildlife. Nectar plant for butterflies. Birds and other animals eat the fruits.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from de-pulped seed.


 


James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
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James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton