Vaccinium myrsinites

Shiny Blueberry

Ericaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Blue,black
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

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
 (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:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

 Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit.

Insects:
 

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

Native Habitats:Dry sites. 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

Comments

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