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Vaccinium virgatum Ait.

Modern name

Vaccinium virgatum Aiton

A deciduous shrub of erect habit, 4 to 10 ft high; young shoots minutely downy. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to oval-oblong, 1 to 3 in. long, 1 to 112 in. wide, tapered to both ends, finely toothed or entire, bright green and glabrous above, pale or glaucous beneath; shortly stalked. Flowers white or pink, in short axillary clusters of six to ten; corolla 13 in. long, cylindrical but slightly tapered towards the mouth, where are five tiny, reflexed teeth; calyx five-lobed, lobes triangular. Fruits globose, black, 14 in. wide, sometimes slightly covered with bloom. Bot. Mag., t. 3522.

Native of eastern N. America from Southern Virginia southwards, often in swamps. Much confused in gardens with V. corymbosum which has a more urceolate, less cylindrical corolla. Probably some of the plants called V. virgatum in gardens and valued for their autumn tints are really V. corymbosum.



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