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Vaccinium uliginosum

Northern bilberry

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Features

  • BloomsApril to August
  • Height0.6m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite, green, pink and red
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Vaccinium uliginosum (Northern bilberry). This species grows as a wild flower in Britain & Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Britain & Northern Europe.

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 -45°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • 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 the autumn.

Propagation

Propagate by division or from cuttings in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Root rot.

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