Canadian Blueberry, Vaccinium myrtilloides, is also called Common Blueberry, Velvetleaf Huckleberry, Velvetleaf Blueberry, and Sourtop Blueberry. It is a species of blueberry native to Canada and the Northeastern and Northwestern United States, as well as the Great Lakes states.
Description[edit source | edit]
Vaccinium myrtilloides is a low spreading deciduous shrub growing to 50 cm tall, often in small thickets. The leaves are bright green, paler underneath with velvety hairs. The flowers are white, bell-shaped, 5 mm long. The fruit is a small sweet bright blue to dark blue berry. Young stems have stiff dense bristly hairs.
This plant grows best in open coniferous woods with dry loose acidic soils; it is also found in forested bogs and rocky areas. It is fire-tolerant and is often abundant following forest fires or clear-cut logging. Vaccinium myrtilloides hybridizes in the wild with Vaccinium angustifolium - Lowbush blueberry .
Characteristics[edit source | edit]
This native plant is also cultivated and grown commercially in Canada and Maine, mainly harvested from managed wild patches. Vaccinium myrtilloides is one of the sweetest blueberries known.