Vaccinium alto-montanum
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Vaccinium alto-montanum

lowbush blueberry

  family ericaceae 
  genus vaccinium 

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Genus  Vaccinium Species  alto-montanum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  lowbush blueberry   huckleberry Family  ERICACEAE Specimen number  S11967 Data source  UnFruit pp188
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Soil pH 04-05 USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-07b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Vaccinium alto-montanum can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. It won't do too well if the winter temperatures are consistently above 5� Fahrenheit.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The berries are dark colored with a whitish waxy coating. As a food source, Vaccinium alto-montanum is often used in jelly and in sweets. Lowbush blueberry (sometimes called huckleberry) is most often used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style  Bush Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Jul 01 - Jul 31 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Jelly   Sweets Nutritional value  Edible parts  Berries Description of edible parts dark colored with a whitish waxy coating Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Vaccinium alto-montanum is self fertile. Crops can be harvested throughout July.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Vaccinium alto-montanum is a woody perennial. Lowbush blueberry (locally known in some parts as huckleberry) is deciduous in nature.

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