Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Vaccinium arboreum

Leaves are simple, alternate, tardily deciduous, oval to elliptical in shape, 1/2-2 inches long, shiny, dark green, and with irregular red teeth on the margin. Twigs are red and scaly. Bark is red-brown and shreddy. Flowers are white and bell-shaped. Fruit is a round black berry. Form is a shrub or small, twisted tree up to 9 m (30 ft) tall. Sparkleberry is found on a variety of sites in the southeastern US. Intermediate shade tolerance.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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