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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Vaccinium myrtilloides
Velvet Leaf Blueberry
"Common Blueberry"

Ericaceac (Heath Family)

Description

General - low, branching shrub 10 - 50 cm tall; often forms dense colonies; twigs have velvety hairs.

Velvet Leaf Blueberry 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.

Habitat

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.

Notes

Refer to Dwarf Blueberry for additional notes.



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