Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1584

Shrub
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Uncommon (rare in GA), endemic to the Southern & Central Appalachians

Look for it on rocky ridges, in shrub or grassy balds, bogs, spruce-fir forests, usually at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink
Bisexual
4-lobed calyx
4-lobed corolla (lobes strongly recurved)
8 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red to black
Berry

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-19-013:
Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Vaccinium erythrocarpum ssp. erythrocarpum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Hugeria erythrocarpa

 

COMMON NAME:
Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry


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image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_oxer_001_lvd

        

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmverythrocarpum_gfm2

June    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

Easily identified by its distinctive slender, red, 4-parted flowers, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmverythrocarpum_mm1

June    Yancey County    NC

Mount Mitchell

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum

JK Marlow    jkm080924_077

September    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves finely serrate, glabrous, long-pointed. Fruit borne on long stalks, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.