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Commonly known as Bearberry, Bilberry, Blueberry
Includes the bilberry, blueberry, and cranberry.
Genus of about 450 species of evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous shrubs from a variety of habitats from heath and moorland to bogs and woodland.
UK natives are V. myrtilis, bilberry, blaeberry, whortleberry and a host of local names and V. oxycoccus, cranberry, more common in northern England, Wales and Ireland and V. vitis-idaea, cowberry or red whortleberry from the Scottish Highlands.
Evergreen - semi-evergreen or deciduous shrubs and trees
Additional Features - Good to know - wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
Pests & Diseases - possibly Phytophthora crown and root rot
Place of origin - widely distributed throughout arctic to tropical regions
Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving - peaty or sandy soil, moist but well drained