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Vaccinium floribundum

Andean Blueberry

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMay & September
  • Height1m
  • Spread1m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourMid pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Vaccinium floribundum ( Andean Blueberry). This blueberry is densely spreading evergreen shrub with small, rounded, glossy dark green leaves, which are purple-red when young. Dense clusters of mid pink flowers appear in May, followed by edible, red berries.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Mortiño

Origin

Northern Andes in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela

Interest and use

Grown for year-round foliage interest, attractive flowers and edible fruit. Suitable for containers and sunny, sheltered borders.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH4.5 to 5.5
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

This plant prefers a warm, sheltered position and may need winter protection. Requires acid soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by division or from semi-ripe cuttings or by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Root rot.

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