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Vaccinium parvifolium

Red bilberry

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite, pink
  • Leaf ColourBlue green

Description

Vaccinium parvifolium (Red bilberry). This is an upright deciduous shrub with oblong blue green entire leaves that turn red in autumn. The flowers are borne in late spring and early summer with urn-shaped, small, whitish pink blooms.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

America

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, autumn colour (on deciduous species) flowers and fruits, often edible.

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Needs

  • LightShade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are cold tolerant and love the shade. Grow them in acidic, well-drained soil with plenty of humus. You can propagate by division or from cuttings in autumn.

Propagation

Propagate by division or from cuttings in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Root rot.

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