Velvetleaf Blueberry, Vaccinium myrtilloides

Velvetleaf Blueberry

Vaccinium myrtilloides

Benefits:
Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Sand
Soil Moisture: Moist
Color: Pink, Purple, White, Brown
Fragrance: No
Height: 4-12 feet
Spacing: 4 feet


Description

Velvetleaf Blueberry, Vaccinium myrtilloides, is a low spreading deciduous shrub growing up to 20 inches tall, often spreading to form small thickets. The leaves are bright green, paler underneath with velvety hairs. The flowers are white, bell-shaped, 0.2 inches long. The fruit is a small sweet bright blue to dark blue berry. Young stems have stiff dense bristly hairs.

Vaccinium myrtilloides grows best in open coniferous woods with dry loose acidic soils; it is also found in forested bogs and rocky areas. It is fire-tolerant and is often abundant following forest fires or clear-cut logging.

The Ojibwa make use of the berries, gathering and selling them, eating them fresh, sun drying and canning them for future use. The Algonquin people gather the fruit to eat and sell. The berries are part of Potawatomi traditional cuisine, and are eaten fresh, dried, and canned.


Further Information

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