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NC Native Plant Society:
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Vaccinium crassifolium

Creeping Blueberry

Scientific Name:

Vaccinium crassifolium

Genus:

Vaccinium

Species Epithet:

crassifolium

Common Name:

Creeping Blueberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Savannas, pine flatwoods, pocosin-sandhill ecotones, upland sandhills over clay pans. Often common to locally abundant in Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) areas in NC. Away from Longleaf Pine stands it can be uncommon and local, and it is scarce to rare in the eastern Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

A creeping vine-like shrub.

elliptic leaves 3-18 mm long, stems mostly prostrate (excerpted, Flora of the Southeastern US, Weakley, 2020)

New Hanover County

Lara Berkley

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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