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Deerberry
Vaccinium stamineum
Ericaceae
 

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Accent or specimen shrub.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Medium to large shrub or small tree. Leaves temperate deciduous, about 1-3 inches long.

Dimensions: About 10-15 feet in height. Spreading and forming clumps as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Eastern and central North America west to Kansas and Texas and south to Palm Beach and Lee counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Hammocks and pinelands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils, with humusy top layer, acid pH.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: White with yellowish stamens.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring.

Fruit: Whitish to blue-, reddish-, or purplish-black.

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: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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