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Vaccinium oldhamii Miq.

Modern name

Vaccinium oldhamii Miq.


V. ciliatum sens. G. Don, not Thunb.

A deciduous shrub up to 12 ft high in Japan, of bushy habit; young shoots glandular-downy. Leaves ovate, oval or obovate, pointed, tapered or sometimes rounded at the base; edged with fine, bristle-like teeth, 1 to 3 in. long, 12 to 112 in. wide, green on both surfaces, sprinkled with bristles above, bristly on the midrib and veins beneath; stalk 18 in. or less long. Racemes 112 to 212 in. long, carrying eight to twenty nodding flowers; flower-stalks glandular-downy with leaf-like bracts at the base. Corolla bell-shaped, 16 in. long, reddish; stamens downy, somewhat shorter than the corolla; calyx-lobes triangular. Blooms in June. Fruits globose, 13 in. wide, black, edible.

Native of Japan and Korea; described from a specimen collected by Richard Oldham near Nagasaki in Japan in 1863, but found earlier in Korea by Charles Wilford; introduced about 1892. Although quite hardy, it is not a particularly attractive species, but the leaves sometimes turn a good red before falling.



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