$15.00 – $30.00
Common Name: Sparkleberry
- Habit: Shrub
- Light: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Average, Dry
- Height: 5-8′
- Flower: White, Mar, Apr, May
- Fruit: Small blue to black fruit that is bitter tasting.
- Fall Color: Yes
- Natural Habitat: Upland Deciduous Forest, Woodland Edge
- Larval host for: Huckleberry Sphinx Moth (Paonias astylus), Slender Clearwing Moth (Hemaris gracilis)
Vaccinium arboreum or Farkleberry is an upright large shrub or small tree with a spreading crown and exfoliating bark. The leaves are glossy and dark green until fall when they turn a deep red and persist for a while before falling off in winter. White, bell-shaped flowers in early spring are followed by small blue to black berries that birds love, but are too bitter for most people to find palatable. This is the largest species in the blueberry family and does not require acidic soils like its cousins, but will nevertheless thrive in acidic soils.