Vaccinium arboreum

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Sparkleberry, Farkleberry


Plant Specifics

Size:15-25 ft tall by 4-15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in spring. Fruits ripen late summer. Moderately long-lived (Nelson 2003).
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
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- 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:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Fruit is consumed by birds and other wildlife.


Larval host for striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops).

Attracts many pollinators; especially valuable to native bees.

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.