Sparkleberry

Upright, multi-stemmed, large shrub or small tree with a spreading crown and exfoliating bark. The leaves are glossy and dark green until fall when they turn a deep red and persist for a while before falling off in winter. White, bell-shaped flowers in early spring are followed by small blue to black berries that birds love, but are too bitter for most people to find palatable. This is the largest species in the blueberry family and does not require acidic soils like its cousins, but will nevertheless thrive in acidic soils.

Scientific Name: Vaccinium arboreum
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Butterfly Host: Huckleberry Sphinx Moth (Paonias astylus); Slender Clearwing Moth (Hemaris gracilis)
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: N/A
Fall Foliage: Yes
Fruit: Small blue to black fruit that is bitter tasting.
Habit: Shrub
Height: 5-8', 8-15'
Light Needs: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun)
Square Feet Used: 25
Type Of Garden Ecotone: Farm, Community Garden, Street Scape, Urban Garden, Border Woodland, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Upland
Water Needs: Dry, Average, Moist

Price: $15.00

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