Vaccinium arboreum

Sparkleberry, Farkleberry


Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Noted for:Interesting bark, Fall color, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:A profuse bloomer. Use for natural landscapes and wildlife habitat areas. Does well under a high pine canopy.
Propagation:Seed and softwood cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Larval host for striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops). Attracts many pollinators, especially valuable to native bees. Fruit is consumed by birds and other wildlife.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Xeric hammock, dryf mesic hardwoods, may be in upper edges of floodplains, overgrown flatwoods, coastal dunes, sandhill, scrubby sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruit not particularly tasty to humans.