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Canadian Blueberry

Vaccinium myrtilloides

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

There were many wild blueberry bushes around our camp in the interior of Algonquin. They are very small but very tasty. It's nice to have some fresh fruit while camping. I believe bears eat these also.

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3 Comments

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

lovely!

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks Laura. I was just camping there on the weekend. It is my favorite place in Canada. My friends and I try to get there at least once a season.

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 9 years ago

Ohhh Algonquin is such a beautiful place!! I love that first photo, so much detail on the berry. It's a wonderful shade of blue too!

dandoucette
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dandoucette

Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jul 17, 2011
Submitted on Jul 19, 2011

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