Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1578

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA Mountains, rare in NC-SC Mountains)

Look for it in 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, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen/Tardily deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate corolla
10 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
Section: Batodendron

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Vaccinium arboreum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vaccinium arboreum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-19-001:
Vaccinium arboreum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Batodendron arboreum

 

COMMON NAME:
Sparkleberry, Farkleberry


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picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_baar2_001_lvd

        

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm110417_005

April    Cleburne County    AL

Mount Cheaha

Leaves coriaceous, evergreen to tardily deciduous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm180408_1132

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm180408_1138

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

Leaves entire or serrulate, often spinulose, mucronulate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvarboreum_and2

April    Anderson County    SC

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvarboreum_laurens

May?    Laurens County    SC

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvarboreum_trsp2

June    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Corolla bell-shaped, 5-8mm across and about as long, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071014_001

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071014_003

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Bark scaly, grayish outer bark revealing red-brown inner bark, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071028_099

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

Berry black, lustrous, 5-8mm long, dry and mealy, long persistent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071028_102

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071028_103

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    s071011_d

October    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

Leaves coriaceous, elliptic, oval or obovate, 2-7 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Vaccinium arboreum, image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    s071011_d2

October    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove