Highbush Blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

Family Ericaceae


Notable Features
Leaves: Leaves are alternate* and elliptical with pointed tips; smooth edges or very finely toothed*. They grow on a short, smooth stem.
Twigs: Twigs either a green or red in color, and often take on a zigzag pattern, with a bud* at each change in direction.
Fruit/ Flowers: Small white, light pink, or green tinged flowers appear April through June. Dark blue, white-powdered berries appear from these flowers June through September, and develope with five calyx lobes* that form a star pattern.
Size/ Shape: A large bush which can reach 8 feet (2½ meters) in height, found in waste areas, forests, bogs, tundra and in acidic soils.

Location on Campus

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Found in a few locations in the Sachar Woods.

Uses
The berries can be eaten as fresh fruit right off the bush, or can be made into jellies or jams. Also makes a great snack as dried fruit.

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