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Native Plant of the Week: Lowbush Blueberry

Family: Ericaceae

Name: Vaccinium angustifolium aka Lowbush Blueberry

Bloom Time: May-June

Soil Condition: prefers moist to dry, acidic, sandy, well-drained soil

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Height: 6” - 24”

Native Range: Northeastern United States

Zone: 2 to 7

Flowers: white flowers

pics: female bumble bee on flower, berries beginning to form, summer foliage, fall foliage

Vaccinium angustifolium is a lovely deciduous, twiggy shrub with adorable bell shaped flowers in May followed by delicious tiny berries that pack a lot of flavor in mid to late summer. Fall color is absolutely gorgeous shades of red, burgundy and purple.

Maintenance: low maintenance, mulch around the roots, more sun equals more fruit and enhanced fall color

Benefits: Edible fruit for people and wildlife, including eastern box turtles, wild turkey, eastern chipmunk, raccoons, opossum and more. Flowers are very important to native bees. Provides cover for ground nesting birds.

Companion Plants: Pinus strobus - Eastern white pine, Schizachyrium scoparium - Little Bluestem, Carex pensylvanica - Oak Sedge

Pictures: KMS Native Plants LLC



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