Vaccinium virgatum Ait.

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'Vaccinium virgatum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/vaccinium/vaccinium-virgatum/). Accessed 2020-02-25.

Genus

Glossary

axillary
Situated in an axil.
bloom
Bluish or greyish waxy substance on leaves or fruits.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
reflexed
Folded backwards.
urceolate
Urn-shaped.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Vaccinium virgatum' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/vaccinium/vaccinium-virgatum/). Accessed 2020-02-25.

A deciduous shrub of erect habit, 4 to 10 ft high; young shoots minutely downy. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to oval-oblong, 1 to 3 in. long, 1 to 112 in. wide, tapered to both ends, finely toothed or entire, bright green and glabrous above, pale or glaucous beneath; shortly stalked. Flowers white or pink, in short axillary clusters of six to ten; corolla 13 in. long, cylindrical but slightly tapered towards the mouth, where are five tiny, reflexed teeth; calyx five-lobed, lobes triangular. Fruits globose, black, 14 in. wide, sometimes slightly covered with bloom. Bot. Mag., t. 3522.

Native of eastern N. America from Southern Virginia southwards, often in swamps. Much confused in gardens with V. corymbosum which has a more urceolate, less cylindrical corolla. Probably some of the plants called V. virgatum in gardens and valued for their autumn tints are really V. corymbosum.


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