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Vaccinium - (Michx.)A.Gray.

Common Name Box Huckleberry
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats On slopes and in dry sandy woods[43] on dry acidic sandy soils[200].
Range Eastern N. America - Delaware and Pennsylvania to Virginia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Vaccinium Box Huckleberry


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Vaccinium Box Huckleberry
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 696.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Vaccinium is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Vaccinium brachycerum. V. buxifolium.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[3, 62]. Not highly regarded[183]. Tasteless[177, 200]. The fruit is about 12mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

A good ground cover plant[200]. Spreading quite freely, it should be spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a lime-free moist peaty soil, thriving in sun or part shade[182, 200]. Prefers a position in partial or full shade[208]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[200]. This species rarely sets viable seed[200]. There is a colony in New Jersey that covers 3.8 hectares of land, it is estimated to be 10,000 years old and to have originated vegetatively from one single mother plant[200]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. An evergreen. A clumping mat former. Forming a dense prostrate carpet spreading indefinitely [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame[200]. Stored seed requires 1 month warm stratification followed by 2 months cold[113]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots of lime-free compost and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer when they are at least 15cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Layering. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Vaccinium hirtum Shrub1.0 5-9  LMSNM10 
Vaccinium japonicum Shrub0.7 5-9  LMSNM20 
Vaccinium koreanum Shrub0.0 -  LMSNM10 
Vaccinium leucanthum Shrub0.0 -  LMSNM10 
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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