Friday, June 27, 2014

Unknown Variety of Wild Blueberry - Guesses Welcome!

I paid a visit to the unplanned scrubland Eden the other day and came across something very interesting. Check this out:


Definitely some sort of blueberry, though this one was as tall as me.

Rabbiteye blueberries are ripening right now but these aren't there yet. Anyone have a guess as to what it might be?


Native - or an escapee? My bet is on the former. There are a lot of blueberry relatives in Florida... I've just not come across this one before. It's growing in terrible soil. If the fruit tastes good I might have to take cuttings and see if they'll root in my nursery.

Let me know in the comments if you have a guess on the species. Gotta be some kind of Vaccinum!

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3 Comments:

At June 27, 2014 at 2:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would vote for rabbiteye. There are some late-ripening varieties. I'm on the border between zones 7 & 8, and I have been picking berries for about a week from some of my bushes--others I haven't even started yet. They might all be ripening in central Florida, I suppose. The size fits--my tallest plant is now about 5' high.

 
At June 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener/David The Good said...

A friend made the same guess - it may be. Certainly looks similar. I'm also wonderring if it might be one of these:

http://www.floridata.com/ref/v/Vaccinium_corymbosum.cfm

Or, more likely, these:

http://www.floridata.com/ref/V/vacc_sta.cfm

 
At June 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM , Blogger Karen S said...

I would guess sparkleberry tree! If so, that would be Vaccinium arboreum..I rarely find ripe berries...guess the wildlife love them...it is a lovely tree!

 

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