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Vaccinium darrowii (Darrow's Blueberry)

Darrow's Blueberry, Evergreen Blueberry


Vaccinium darrowii (Darrow's Blueberry) is a low-growing, bushy, rounded evergreen shrub with small, alternate, elliptic leaves that are glaucous and bluish-green in color and glabrous or minutely pubescent along the midrib. The foliage emerges with a pretty pinkish tinge. Attractive clusters of 2-6 elongated bell-shaped, white to pinkish flowers bloom in spring on the wood of the previous season’s growth. They are produced before or with the emergence of new leaves. The blossoms attract bees and other pollinators and are followed by a profusion of edible, glaucous blue berries in late spring - a delight for many species of birds and other wildlife - and by humans. Native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, Darrow's Blueberry occurs naturally in sandhills, in scrub oak woods, and in dry pine or mixed pine/hardwood forests.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall and wide (30-60 cm). May spread by rhizomes to form low thickets.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in dry to moist, well-drained, acidic soils. Moderately drought tolerant once established.
  • Suitable for a low hedge or beds and borders. It works well in a naturalistic landscape as well as a container.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. The twigs are an important browse for deer
  • Little pruning is needed to maintain a pretty looking shrub.
  • Propagate by division, softwood cuttings taken in spring, hardwood cuttings, seed. Seeds may need to be stratified and should be sown on a slightly acid soil mix.
  • Native to the Southeastern United States, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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