shrub ID (4 pics)

redbeard917November 7, 2008

Here is a shrub I'd like to identify.

height: 4 feet

light: shady

location: north Florida, upland, sandy soil

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redbeard917

Sorry for the blurry pictures. Here are the leaves.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 1:11PM
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    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 1:13PM
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redbeard917

It seems that older stems develop bark, and younger ones are green.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 1:14PM
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redbeard917

Here is the whole plant with a chair for scale.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 1:16PM
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redbeard917

The soil here is probably somewhat acidic. Thanks for looking. Let me know if better pictures are needed.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 1:19PM
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esh_ga

That is a type of Vaccinium - blueberry. Perhaps Vaccinium corymbosum. A great family of shrubs. Leaves turn bright red here in fall.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 5:43PM
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redbeard917

Thanks. I did some research and found a list of Vaccinium species native to Florida (from online Atlas of Fl Vascular Plants).

V. arboreum
V. corymbosum
V. darrowii*
V. myrsinites*
V. stamineum

*It's definitely not V. darrowii or myrsinites, and probably not V. arboreum. The dwarf blueberry and sparkleberry are pretty common in my yard. My neighbor had quite a few native blueberries in his yard so they must do well here too. I used to go over and pick them sometimes. But, he is a lawn person and ended up clear cutting most of the native vegetation.

Here is a link that might be useful: ISB: Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 6:42PM
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esh_ga

It's not arboreum, that has much more rounded leaves. And it's not stamineum, that has more horizontal, almost layered shape. I agree it's not the other two you already ruled out either.

That just leaves V. corymbosum, I guess. Too bad about your neighbor. ;)

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 8:25PM
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