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Vaccinium myrsinites (Evergreen Blueberry)

Shiny Blueberry, Evergreen Blueberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Florida Evergreen Blueberry, Ground Blueberry, Low Blueberry, Southern Evergreen Blueberry, Cyanococcus myrsinites, Vaccinium nitidum


Vaccinium myrsinites (Evergreen Blueberry) is a low-growing, erect, much-branched, evergreen shrub with small, alternate, elliptic leaves that are glossy green to gray-green and copiously pubescent to glabrous. Attractive clusters of 2-8 urn-shaped, white to deep pink or reddish tinged flowers bloom in spring. They attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The blossoms are followed by a profusion of edible, black berries in late spring or summer - a delight for many species of birds and other wildlife – humans enjoy them, too. Juicy and of fair quality, the berries can be eaten raw or cooked. Native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, Evergreen Blueberry occurs naturally in mesic pine flatwoods, sandhills, scrubby flatwoods, dry prairies and scrub habitats. Evergreen Blueberry is a rhizomatous shrub, commonly forming extensive colonies. Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations, it is suitable as an accent shrub too. Solitary plants rarely produce fruit. Placing multiple, unrelated plants together will result in fruit production.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall and wide (30-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in dry to moist, well-drained, acidic soils. 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.
  • Little pruning is needed to maintain a pretty looking shrub.
  • Propagate by division, ground layering, seed (can be difficult to germinate).
  • Native to the southeastern Coastal Plain and Gulf Coast from South Carolina through southern Georgia and northern Florida to southwestern Alabama. It extends southward to peninsular Florida.

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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 Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, 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 Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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