Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Vaccinium arboreum Marshall. Farkleberry, Sparkleberry. Phen: Late Apr-Jun; Sep-Oct. Hab: Rocky or sandy woodlands, bluffs, and cliffs, usually xeric and often fire-maintained, and unlike most other Vaccinium, often on mafic, ultramafic, or calcareous rocks. Dist: This species is widely distributed in se. North America, from TX and FL north to MO, IN, KY, and VA.

ID notes: Vaccinium arboreum can be a small tree, to 35 cm DBH and 10 m tall. The leaves are coriaceous and semi-evergreen, often being retained for much or all of the winter, especially in the southern part of our area.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = Ar, C, Fl5, FNA8, G, GrPl, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, RAB, Tn, Va, W, WH3, Camp (1945), Luteyn et al (1996), Redpath et al (2022), Uttal (1987), Vander Kloet (1988); = Batodendron arboreum – S; > Vaccinium arboreum var. arboreum – F, Il, Tx; > Vaccinium arboreum var. glaucescens – F, Il, Tx

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