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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image of Vaccinium arboreum

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

        

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.

image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm180408_1132

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

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.

image of Vaccinium arboreum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvarboreum_and2

April    Anderson County    SC

image of Vaccinium arboreum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvarboreum_laurens

May?    Laurens County    SC

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.

image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071014_001

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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.

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.

image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071028_102

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

image of Vaccinium arboreum

JK Marlow    jkm071028_103

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

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.

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JK Marlow    s071011_d2

October    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove