Vaccinium arboreum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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


Recommended Uses:A profuse bloomer. Use for natural landscapes and wildlife habitat areas. Does well under a high pine canopy.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.



Fruit is consumed by birds and other wildlife.

Larval host for striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops).

Attracts many pollinators; especially valuable to native bees.