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Vaccinium corymbosum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Deciduous shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Bogs, swamps, woodland.

White, 5 petals
Clusters of small white or pale pink, bell-shaped flowers, 8 to 9mm in size. Pollinated by bees.
Bluish-black berries, up to 12mm in diameter. The berries are larger than those of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). The seeds ripen in August.
A garden escape species (UK) similar in appearance to Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) but with larger leaves. Blueberry is also taller than Bilberry. The leaves of Blueberry are narrowly oval, glossy and dark green, measuring up to 5cm (2 inches) long.
Other Names:
American Blueberry, Blue Huckleberry, Highbush Blueberry, Northern Highbush Blueberry, Swamp Blueberry, Swamp Huckleberry, Tall Blueberry, Tall Huckleberry.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Vaccinium corymbosum, also known as highbush blueberry or American blueberry, is a deciduous shrub that is native to North America. It is a member of the Ericaceae family and is closely related to other members of the Vaccinium genus, such as cranberries and huckleberries. The plant is known for its small, white or pink flowers that are followed by clusters of blue or purple berries. The berries are edible and are known for their sweet taste and juicy texture. V. corymbosum is a popular garden plant and is often grown for its fruit, which is high in antioxidants and other nutrients. It is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but it prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. The plant is attractive to pollinators and is a popular nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other insects. It is also used medicinally in some traditional cultures and has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory problems and skin irritation.


Blueberries, scientifically known as Vaccinium corymbosum, are a type of fruit native to North America. They belong to the genus Vaccinium, which also includes cranberries and bilberries. Blueberries are small, round, and have a blue-black color. They are highly prized for their sweet and tangy flavor, as well as their numerous health benefits.

Blueberries are a versatile fruit that can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried. They are a popular ingredient in baked goods such as muffins, pancakes, and pies. They can also be used to make jams, jellies, and sauces. Blueberries are a great addition to smoothies and yogurt, as well as a delicious topping for oatmeal or cereal.

Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants, which help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants are important for maintaining good health and preventing chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Blueberries are also a rich source of vitamins C and K, as well as manganese, a mineral that is essential for good bone health.

Blueberries are low in calories and fat, making them an ideal food for those looking to maintain a healthy weight. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, which helps to regulate digestion and lower cholesterol levels. Blueberries are also a good source of natural sugars, which provide a quick source of energy without the crash often associated with processed sugars.

Blueberries are a hardy plant that grows well in a variety of soils. They prefer acidic soils with a pH of 4.5-5.5 and well-draining soil. Blueberries are a deciduous shrub that produces fragrant, white flowers in the spring, followed by the fruit in the summer. Blueberries are a popular fruit for home gardens, as they are easy to grow and provide an abundant harvest.

Blueberries are also considered a superfood because of their high concentration of phytochemicals, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Research has also shown that blueberries may have a positive impact on brain function and memory. Blueberries have been found to improve cognitive performance and delay the onset of age-related cognitive decline.

Blueberries are also an excellent source of anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid that gives the fruit its blue color. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses. They are also thought to have anti-cancer properties, as they have been shown to reduce the growth of cancer cells in laboratory studies.

When purchasing blueberries, it is important to choose firm, plump, and uniform berries with a deep blue color. Blueberries should not be soft or mushy, as this may indicate that they are overripe or past their prime. Blueberries should be stored in the refrigerator and can last for up to a week. If you have a large amount of blueberries, you can also freeze them for later use.

Blueberries are a popular ingredient in many traditional Native American dishes, such as pemmican, a type of energy-dense food made from dried meat, fat, and berries. Today, blueberries are enjoyed all over the world, and are grown commercially in many countries, including the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Additionally, blueberries are a great choice for anyone looking for a sustainable food source. Blueberry farming is often done using environmentally-friendly methods, such as integrated pest management and conservation of wildlife habitats. Blueberry bushes are also long-lived and can produce fruit for many years, making them a great investment for farmers.

Blueberries can be easily incorporated into a healthy diet, and are often recommended as a part of a well-rounded eating plan. For example, the Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to have numerous health benefits, includes blueberries as a regular part of the diet. Blueberries can also be a great snack for people who are looking to control their weight, as they are low in calories and high in fiber.

Blueberries can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, both sweet and savory. For example, they can be baked into muffins, used as a topping for yogurt, added to smoothies, or even grilled and served with grilled meats. Blueberries are also a great ingredient for making sauces, jams, and syrups, which can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes.

Finally, blueberries are a versatile fruit that can be enjoyed year-round. Fresh blueberries are typically in season from May to September, but frozen blueberries are available all year round. They are also relatively easy to grow, and can be grown in home gardens or purchased from local farmers markets. Whether you are looking for a delicious and healthy snack or an ingredient for your next recipe, blueberries are a great choice.

In conclusion, blueberries are a highly nutritious and delicious fruit that offer numerous health benefits. They are easy to incorporate into a healthy diet, and are a versatile ingredient for both sweet and savory dishes. Whether you are looking for a tasty snack, a way to improve your health, or an ingredient for your next recipe, blueberries are a great choice. So, be sure to add a handful of blueberries to your next meal!

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