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Vaccinium stamineum L.
USDA Symbol: vast
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A much-branched, globular-shaped shrub, 6-12 ft. Foliage turns a variety of colors through the seasons Nodding, greenish-white, pink tinged, bell-shaped flowers. Greenish to blue-black berries often have a whitish bloom.
Birds and mammals eat berries. This is a variable species, due, most likely, to hybridization with other species.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Green Autumn Foliage:
Green, Blue Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV Canada: ON Native Distribution:
ME to s. IN & MO, s. to FL & TX Native Habitat:
Dry, open woods; floodplain thickets USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist to droughty, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Susceptible to chlorosis due to alkalinity. This is a variable species, due, most likely, to hybridization with other species.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds and mammals eat berries.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff