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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.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of suggested ZIP codes north to Indian River and Manatee counties.

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 and other pollinators. 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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