High-Bush Blueberry
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High-Bush Blueberry
D Introduced Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: High-Bush Blueberry
Botanical name: Vaccinium corymbosum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)
Synonyms: Vaccinium vicinum, Vaccinium holophyllum, Vaccinium elongatum

High-Bush Blueberry is a deciduous shrub growing up to 6-12 feet tall and wide. The dark glossy green leaves are elliptical and up to 5 cm long. The underside is pale green. The flowers are long bell- or urn-shaped white to very light pink, 8.5 mm long with the tips curled back. The sepal-cup is light green and hairless with 5 short broad teeth. The sepal-cup is much shorter than the flower. The flower-stalks are light green to red and either hairless or finely short-velvet-hairy; they are up to 1.2 cm long. The flower-stalk bases have prominent bracts that are light green to red, elliptic to ovate in shape, and hairless. The fruit is a 6-13 mm diameter blue-black berry. High-Bush Blueberry is native to North America, cultivated as a garden plant elsewhere.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.

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