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Highbush Blueberry
Family: Ericaceae
Vaccinium corymbosum

Description: The Highbush Blueberry is a tall shrub that can reach up to 3 meters (10 feet) in height. Its bark is gray-brown and the branches grow in a zigzag and disorganized looking pattern. This shrub has white distinct bell-shaped flowers in the spring and a blue, small fruit in the summer. The blueberry has 5 calyx lobes in a star at the top.

Leaves: The simple leaves are 2.5-5 cm (1-2 inches) long and untoothed.

Habitat: The Highbush Blueberry grows in moist soils. This plant grows in barrens, woods, bogs, and thickets, but it does not like to be in the shade. The shrub is also said to grow along the edges of marshes, lakes, ponds, and streams.

Location: The plant grows behind Grad/Charles River Apartments, and probably in Sachar Woods.

Use: The blueberry can be eaten raw, cooked, dried, or as a jelly.