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Vaccinium pallidum (Blue ridge blueberry)
Smith, R.W.

Vaccinium pallidum

Vaccinium pallidum Aiton

Blue Ridge Blueberry, Early Lowbush Blueberry

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Cyanococcus liparis, Cyanococcus pallidus, Cyanococcus subcordatus, Cyanococcus tallapusae, Cyanococcus vacillans, Vaccinium altomontanum, Vaccinium corymbosum var. pallidum, Vaccinium vacillans, Vaccinium vacillans var. crinitum, Vaccinium vacillans var. missouriense, Vaccinium viride

USDA Symbol: vapa4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Fruit edible.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Fruit: Blue

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: dry woods and barrens

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Loam, Sand


Attracts: Birds

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Vaccinium pallidum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium pallidum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vaccinium pallidum


Record Modified: 2015-03-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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