Vaccinium corymbosum
Common name: 
Highbush Blueberry
Pronunciation: 
vak-SIN-ee-um kor-im-BO-sum
Family: 
Ericaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous shrub, 6-12 ft (1.8-3.7 m), upright, multistemmed, spreading.  Leaves simple, alternate, 2.5-10 cm long, pubescence on midrib and veins, margin entire or serrated, short petiole; may develop attractive fall color.  Flowers white or pinkish, urn-shaped, 6-10 mm long, in dense clusters.  Fruit blue-black, covered with waxy bloom, 7-12 mm across (summer).
  • Sun to part shade.  Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soils, and easy to grow in these conditions.  Develops iron chlorosis when soil pH too high.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3      Native from Maine to Minnesota, south to Florida.
  • Highbush blueberry is the major blueberry of commerce.  The cultivated forms have mostly been developed from V. corymbosum and V. australe.  Other commercial blueberries include the "lowbush blueberry", mostly V. angustifolium, and the "rabbiteye blueberry", V. ashei.
  • Corvallis: on both sides of a walkway leading to a house on east side of 8th St. near Jefferson.
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