The wild progenitor of many cultivated blueberries, this shrub is common in swampy, acidic woodlands. In addition to bearing delicious fruit, it has flame-like fall foliage and a wonderfully eccentric form with peeling bark. Its bell-shaped flowers support native bees, and it is deer-resistant. In plantings, it benefits from an acidic soil and ample moisture.
Host plant for Brown Elfin, Henry’s Elfin, Spring Azure, and Striped Hairstreak.
A minimum of two plants are recommended for cross-pollination and fruiting.