Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

SPARKLEBERRY
Vaccinium arboreum
Ericaceae

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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