Page author: Don Knoke
Vaccinium corymbosum
high-bush blueberry

Distribution: Widespread and native in eastern United States; introduced in Washington.

Habitat: Open swamps, sandy margins of ponds and lakes.

Flowers: May - June

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous shrubs, the stems 10-50 dm. tall; twigs green, angular to terete, hairy in lines.


Leaves alternate, the blades dark green, ovate to narrowly elliptic, 15-70 mm. long and 10-25 mm. wide, entire to sharply serrate, usually glabrous, somewhat leathery.


Inflorescences axillary or terminal, 2- to 10-flowered racemes; calyx 5-lobed, green, glabrous; corolla white to pink, cylindric, 5-12 mm. long, 5-lobed; stamens 10, the filaments with hairs on the margins; anthers opening by pores; ovary inferior.


Berries dull black to blue, 4-12 mm. in diameter, glabrous and glaucous.

Accepted Name:
Vaccinium corymbosum L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 350. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cyanococcus amoenus (Aiton) Small
Cyanococcus atrococcus (A. Gray) Small
Cyanococcus corymbosus (L.) Rydb.
Vaccinium amoenum Aiton
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vaccinium corymbosum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Vaccinium corymbosum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium corymbosum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium corymbosum photos.

USDA Plants: Vaccinium corymbosum information.

7 photographs:
Group by