Velvet Leaf Blueberry
Ericaceac (Heath Family)
General - low, branching shrub 10 - 50 cm tall; often forms dense colonies; twigs have velvety hairs.
Leaves - alternate; thin, soft-hairy, elliptic-to oblong-lance-shaped, 1-4 cm long; edges smooth.
Flowers - single or in small, dense clusters at branch tips, greenish white or pinkish, cylindrical bells, 3-5 mm long; appearing late May to June.
Fruit - blue berries, 4-8 mm across, with pale blue bloom, sweet.
Gravelly or sandy soils in open forests (usually coniferous stands) and clearings; widespread and common across boreal forest, north and west to southern N.W.T. and northeastern B.C.
Refer to Dwarf Blueberry for additional notes.
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