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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Vaccinium tenellum [=Cyanococcus tenellus]

Small Black Blueberry, Narrowleaf Blueberry, Small-cluster Blueberry, Southern Blueberry

Scientific Name:

Vaccinium tenellum [=Cyanococcus tenellus]

Genus:

Vaccinium

Species Epithet:

tenellum

Common Name:

Small Black Blueberry, Narrowleaf Blueberry, Small-cluster Blueberry, Southern Blueberry

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 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

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, pine flatwoods, other xeric woodlands. Very common to abundant in most of the NC Coastal Plain; common in the eastern Piedmont, and fairly common at best in the central Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

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:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Rhizomatous

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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