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VACCINIUM

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
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • 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
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving - - peaty or sandy soil, moist but well drained

Buy Varieties of VACCINIUM

VACCINIUM corymbosum

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Commonly known as: Highbush blueberry, Swamp blueberry.
dense greyish green foliage, pink flowers and bluish black edible fruit
£15.00 each

VACCINIUM cylindraceum   AWARD

VACCINIUM cylindraceum  >


Commonly known as: Bearberry, Bilberry, Blueberry.
An outstanding shrub with short racemes of cylindrical flowers which are red in bud opening pale yellowish-green in late summer and autumn
£25.00 each

VACCINIUM ovatum

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Commonly known as: Box blueberry.
nodding racemes of pink-flushed white flowers
£15.00 each
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