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Shiny blueberry
Vaccinium myrsinites
Ericaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
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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.

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
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Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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