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Canadian Blueberry

Vaccinium myrtilloides


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.


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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Hema 9 years ago


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 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!

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Ontario, Canada

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

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