Vaccinium myrsinites

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Shiny Blueberry


Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft tall by spreading ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Blue,black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in mid-spring.
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Best used as a wildflower as it has a relatively short lifespan.
Propagation:Seeds, division.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  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



 Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit.


Attracts pollinators.  Documented bee species include Augochlorella aurata, A. gratiosa, Augochloropsis anonyma, A. sumptuosa and Coelioxys say (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, high pine, cutthroat seep.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Edible fruits.
General Comments:The range includes all of peninsular Florida and the southern parts of Georgia, and Alabama.