An introduction which is a very curious departure from the norm for blueberries as this has pink fruit. Can you still call it a blueberry if it has pink fruit? Yet it still tastes like a blueberry....I haven't had my world turned this upside down since I first ate white chocolate. Tasty fruit on an attractive deciduous plant.
A distinctive Vaccinium (Blueberry) collected by Jens Nielsen in western Yunnan at 3000 meters. Large leaves of serious substance alternately flank the arching stems and take on red-bronze colors when young as well in winter on the least mature leaves. No surprises on the white urn-shaped flowers or with the purple-black fruit which add ornament to an already interesting plant. We can only guess as to mature size of the plant but would think 3'-4' tall with arching and trailing branches to 6' or more.
Very cute little epiphyte with small rounded cupped leaves and green-tipped red flowers. This is going to be a source of no small pleasure in zone 9 where it will be happy growing in a container, rotting log or mossy rock in part shade. We grow ours in a cool greenhouse kept just at or above freezing and has been easy as pie.
Hamilton Dwarf Cranberry. This is one of our desert island dwarf shrublets. Granted, we would be bundled up on the beach as this would be a cool northern island for this to be happy but that is a small concession for 12 months of beauty. Perfection in a small package with very slow growth, evergreen leaves turning burgundy in winter, tiny pink flowers and red fruit - yea, verily!
Sweet little blueberry from the Himalaya and China evocative of Lingonberry in stature. Often epiphytic, this has glossy green foliage and attractive pink flowers in spring followed by black fruit. Sure, you can eat them but like so many lesser edibles that are marginally palatable, why would you? Spreads gently by stolons - it is a class act.
A very dwarf selection of our native red huckleberry found in the garden at St. Andrews in Scotland. This is extremely dwarf to just a few inches high but spreading to 3' across in time. That would be a long time. Brilliant red and orange new growth. Perfect little rock garden shrub.
A hybrid between V.myrtillus and V. vitis-idaea making a dense little shrub 2' high. Why stiff yourself with a boring beyond belief Boxwood when you could have this splendid little gem with pinky-white flower bells in late spring and small blueberries in late summer? Good organic soil.
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