Vaccinium boreale

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Vaccinium boreale
Scientific classification
V. boreale
Binomial name
Vaccinium boreale

Vaccinium boreale, common name northern blueberry, sweet hurts or (in French) bleuet boréal, is a plant species native to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.[1] It has been reported from Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York State. It grows in tundra (arctic or alpine), rocky uplands and in open conifer forests at elevations up to 2000 m (6700 feet).[2][3][4]

Vaccinium boreale is a small shrub up to 9 cm (3.6 inches) tall, forming dense colonies of many individuals. Twigs are green, angled, with lines of hairs. Leaves are deciduous, narrowly elliptic, up to 21 mm (0.85 inches) long, with teeth along the margins. Flowers are white, up to 4 mm long. Berries are blue, up to 5 mm (0.2 inches) across.[5][6][7]


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  3. ^ Vander Kloet, S. P. 1977. The taxonomic status of Vaccinium boreale. Canadian Journal of Botany 55: 281-288.
  4. ^ Vander Kloet, S. P. 1988. The Genus Vaccinium in North America. Ottawa. Agriculture Canada, Research Branch, Publication number 1828.
  5. ^ Hall, Ivan Victor, & Aalders, Lewis Eldon. 1961. American Journal of Botany 48(3): 200–201, f. 1 [map].
  6. ^ Trehane, J. 2004. Blueberries, Cranberries, and Other Vacciniums. Portland, Maine.
  7. ^ Gleason, H. A. & A.J. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (ed. 2) i–910. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx.