Vaccinium

Vaccinium spp.

profile iconShiny blueberry (Vaccinium myrsinites) (7154743184)
by Bob Peterson (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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profile iconShiny blueberry (Vaccinium myrsinites) (7154743184)
by Bob Peterson (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Contains around 223 deciduous or evergreen subshrubs, shrubs and trees. It includes species of commercial importance such as cranberry, blueberry, bilberry, lingonberry and huckleberry. Cultivated for their attractive, leathery foliage, this shows nice autumn colour, their edible fruits, which vary across species and their flowers. Flowers are usually bell-shaped and coloured white, pink, green or red. Produced singly or in clusters on unbranched stems called racemes. These are best grown in woodland gardens, growing optimally in full or partial sun and moist, well-draining, peaty or sandy, acidic soil.

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