Vaccinium elliottii

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Vaccinium elliottii
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Plant in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Vaccinium
Species: V. elliotti
Binomial name
Vaccinium elliottii
Chapm. 1860
Synonyms[1]
  • Cyanococcus elliottii (Chapm.) Small

Vaccinium elliottii (Elliott's blueberry) is a species of Vaccinium in the blueberry group (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus). It is native to the southeastern and south-central United States, from southeastern Virginia south to Florida, and west to Arkansas and Texas.

Growth[edit]

Vaccinium elliottii is a deciduous shrub 2-4 m (5-10 feet) tall, with small, simple ovoid-acute leaves 15-30 mm (0.5-3.2 inches) long with a finely serrated margin. The flowers are pale pink, bell-shaped, 6-8 mm long, opening in the early spring before the new leaves appear.

The fruit is an edible berry 5-8 mm diameter. There are two variants one having tart shiny blue black berries and the other sweeter type having a whitish waxy bloom over the otherwise blue black berries; they ripen from late spring (in Florida) through summer (in Arkansas and Virginia.

Cultivation and uses[edit]

Vaccinium elliottii produces a particularly large yield of somewhat sour berries. It is popular for late-season fruit.

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