Vaccinium arctostaphylos L.

Caucasian Whortleberry

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Vaccinium

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 6

Size: To 9' tall and 6' wide


Flowers in spring followed by black fruit. Well-drained moist, acidic soil preferred. Sun to light shade.


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 351 in 1753.

Native to Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria and the Caucasus.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 30 in 1798: having been introduced to us first by Mr. F. Masson about the year 1786.


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