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A picture of a African Blueberry

African Blueberry

Vaccinium exul

Also known as

African Cranberry

Full Sun
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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of African Blueberry

Vaccinium exul stem showing angular stem and striated bark
Vaccinium exul branch showing alternate leaves.
Vaccinium exul A flowers showing bracts and bracteoles, B branch with inflorescence
Vaccinium exul leaves, underside L, upper side R, note serrated margins.
Vaccinium exul fruiting branch (M.Lötter)

African Blueberry Overview

In southern Africa the heath family (Ericaceae) is represented by only two indigenous genera: Erica which is extremely speciose, containing ± 770 species, and Vaccinium, represented by a single species. Globally Vaccinium is best known for being utilised as a fruit source, with most species being wild harvested and only a few developed into economic crop plants.

Special features of African Blueberry

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Wind break

Hedge plant

Other uses of African Blueberry