Black Highbush Blueberry
Bell-shaped white flowers are clustered along the stems in April & May, shiny blue/black fruit are large (sweet & delicious), small leaves are downy underneath & turn bright red in fall, shredding bark, requires rich acid soil, sand tolerant, excellent wildlife food, pollinated by Bumblebees & specialist native bees. Host plant to several butterflies & moths including Callophrys henrici Butterfly (Henry's Elfin), Pink-edged Sulphur Butterfly (Colias interior), & Huckleberry Sphinx Butterfly (Paonias astylus) .
Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b
Native Range: ME through s ON to s MI, south to e TX & c FL
Germination - Moderately Difficult: Surface sow, cold stratify 8 weeks, use acid soil, requires high humidity to germinate, very slow to germinate & grow
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