Vaccinium arboreum [Ericacea]

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Scientific Name Vaccinium arboreum USDA PLANTS Symbol VAAR
Common Name Farkleberry, Sparkleberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23580
Family Ericaceae (Heath) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy, well-drained soils in fields, clearings, open forests, dry hillsides and wet bottomlands in East Texas west to the Bastrop area.
Plant: Shrub or small tree, up to 15 feet tall, the largest of the Vaccinium genus; an evergreen in the South, deciduous further north; twigs of current season reddish-green, smooth or somewhat hairy.
Leaves: Oblanceolate to obovate, rounded tips and smooth edges; 3/4 to 2 inches long; short petioles; upper side leathery, glossy.
Inflorescence: Small bell-shaped, drooping white to pinkish blossoms, in loose racemes or solitary; on short pedicels 1/4 to 3/8-inch long; 5 lobes about 1/4-inch long; style visible.
Fruit: Black, dry, round berries, 1/4-inch diameter, considered inedible by humans.
Bloom Period: Spring.
References: SEINet and Texas A&M.
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