VACCINUM

(D = deciduous leaf losing and E = evergreen)

These belong to the same lime-hating family as the heaths and lings, and are among the few shrubs that thrive in boggy soils provided they are peaty. They bear edible berries and include the cranberries, blueberries and the native whortleberry. Plant from October to April.

Vaccinum myrtillus

Vaccinum myrtillus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vaccinium arctostaphylos (Caucasian whortleberry) (D), 9 to 10 ft. eventually, probably the best, and worth growing where it can be given the right conditions. It bears small, greenish-white flowers in June followed by large, shining, oval black berries. In autumn its leaves turn a purplish-red.

V.    corymbosum (D), 6 ft., pinkish flowers in May, followed by bluish-black berries.

06. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Berries, Fruit & Veg, Kitchen Garden | Tags: , | Comments Off on VACCINUM

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