Vaccinium arboreum

sparkleberry, farkleberry


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6-25 ft    Width: 4-15 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      black
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Showy flowers, fall color, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: A profuse bloomer. Use for natural landscapes and wildlife habitat areas. Does well under a high pine canopy.
Propagation: Seed and softwood cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Acidic


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Larval host for striped hairstreak (Satyrium liparops). Attracts many pollinators, especially valuable to native bees. Fruit is consumed by birds and other wildlife.
Native Habitats: Dry sites. Xeric hammock, dryf mesic hardwoods, may be in upper edges of floodplains, overgrown flatwoods, coastal dunes, sandhill, scrubby sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Fruit not particularly tasty to humans.