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Vaccinium stamineum (Deerberry)

Deerberry, Common Deerberry, Highbush Huckleberry, Tall Deerberry, Squaw Huckleberry, Buckberry, Southern Gooseberry

Vaccinium stamineum, Deerberry, Common Deerberry, Blueberries, Fruiting Shrubs, Berries
Vaccinium stamineum, Deerberry, Common Deerberry, Blueberries, Fruiting Shrubs, Berries
Vaccinium stamineum, Deerberry, Common Deerberry, Blueberries, Fruiting Shrubs, Berries

Vaccinium stamineum (Deerberry) is a loosely-branched deciduous shrub with multiple seasons of interest. Emerging rich green to glaucous blue-green in spring, its small, oval leaves, 3 in. long (7 cm), turn red or purple shade in the fall. Attractive clusters of small, greenish-white, bell-shaped flowers hang under the foliage in late spring to early summer. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers. The blossoms are followed by a profusion of large, inedible, purple pear-shaped berries in late summer or fall – a delight for deer, birds, and small mammals. The shrub has multiple twisted trunks covered in peeling reddish bark. Native to eastern North America, Deerberry usually grows in dry, rocky habitat types in forests and fields, but it sometimes occurs in moist areas such as bogs and swamps. Deerberry spreads by underground runners to form clumps. It is best used in naturalized areas, open woodlands, or native plant gardens.

  • Grows up to 6-12 ft. tall and wide (180-360 cm). May spread
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in organically rich, sandy, dry to moist, acidic, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Great for shrub borders, native plant gardens, and open woodlands or as an edible hedge. Combines well with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Blueberry, Highbush Huckleberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Blueberry, Highbush Huckleberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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