Clusters of white flowers bloom in spring, followed by tasty blue berries in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. Lowbush blueberry has lustrous blue-green leaves that turn bronze, scarlet and crimson in fall. It grows well in dry, acidic soil.
Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies
Larval food source for several butterflies
Birds and wildlife relish the abundant berries
Cold tolerant ground cover for dry, acid soil
Delicious fruit is high in antioxidants
Provides protective cover for ground-nesting birds and other wildlife
Upland woods, rocky outcrops and barrens from Labrador and Newfoundland to Manitoba south to Minnesota Illinois, New Jersey and in the mountains to North Carolina.
Lowbush blueberry is such an important food source for black bears in the wild that their reproductive success has been linked to the size of this plants' annual crop.
Prefers is full sun to light shade, mesic to dry conditions, and an acidic soil that is sandy. Plant different varieties for cross-pollination. It will increase fruit production.