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Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)

Lowbush Blueberry, Low-Bush Blueberry, Late Sweet Blueberry

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Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry) is an American beauty with a long-lasting show in the landscape. In spring, it features attractive clusters of small, waxy, white, pink-tinged, bell-shaped flowers. They are followed by abundant, juicy, and edible blue berries in summer – a delight for birds, wildlife, and humans alike! Its glossy, lustrous foliage turns from reddish-green in spring to bluish-green in summer and spectacular shades of bronze, scarlet, and crimson in fall. Even winter provides charming interest, with the yellow-green to reddish twiggy branches forming a lovely silhouette.

  • This open-growing groundcover grows in a low, straggling shrub, up to 2 ft. tall and wide (60 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium, well-drained, acidic soils.
  • Recipient of the Cary Award which recognizes plants that are particularly adequate for New England, offer superior landscape appeal, and are winter hardy and pest resistant.
  • Mass in mixed shrub borders or as ground cover. Great flowering shrub with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
  • Native to the northeastern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Blueberry, Lowbush Blueberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Vaccinium corymbosum Midnight Cascade™ (Blueberry)
Vaccinium darrowii (Darrow’s Blueberry)
Vaccinium elliottii (Elliott’s Blueberry)
Vaccinium stamineum (Deerberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (Lowbush Blueberry)
Vaccinium myrsinites (Evergreen Blueberry)

Recommended Companion Plants

Rhododendron ‘Ken Janeck’
Rhododendron vaseyi (Pink-Shell Azalea)
Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Blueberry, Lowbush Blueberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Northeast, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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