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Darrow’s blueberry
Vaccinium darrowii

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2017
In cultivation, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by a few native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida.

Description: Small compact densely-branched shrub with numerous underground branches. Leaves small, thick and bluish-green, about 1/4 to 2/3 inches long; the new growth is pinkish.

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 St. Lucie, Hendry and Collier counties; also reported for Martin and Palm Beach counties, where either absent or very rare.

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 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: Blue berry; edible.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food and cover for wildlife. Nectar plant for butterflies. Birds and other animals eat the fruits.

Comments: Very similar to Vaccinium myrsinites, but with bluish foliage.

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2017
In cultivation, Florida

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