Shrub Species of the World's Boreal Forests

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Vaccinium corymbosum
Highbush Blueberry
Ericaceae (Heath Family)

A many-stemmed shrub growing to a height of 1.5 - 4.5 m.

Highbush Blueberry Description

Distinguishing Features - Leaves: 3.8 - 7.5 cm long; elliptic, entire, smooth above but somewhat hairy beneath. Flowers: 6 - 13 mm long; corolla 5-toothed; flowering May and June. Fruit: blue berry with a whitish bloom; ripening July and August.


Quebec to Nova Scotia; west to Wisconsin; variety of habitats, from swamps to dry upland woods.


The blueberry we know have been cultivated from this tall-growing shrub that is very important to wildlife. The berries feed all types of birds, bears and small mammals.

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