Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton
Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton var. hypolasium Fernald
Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton var. laevifolium House
Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton var. nigrum (Alph. Wood) Dole
Vaccinium brittonii Porter ex E.P. Bicknell
Vaccinium lamarckii Camp
Vaccinium nigrum (Alph. Wood) Britton
Blueberries, Lowbush Blueberry, Blueberry
Blueberries grow practically everywhere in Maine, where I grew up. They like acid, sandy soils. While vacationing at our camp on Sebago Lake each summer, we collected blueberries at Bradbury Mountain and other locations. Some of them even made it back down the mountain. Blueberry pie, blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins: delightful!
Identification: Wild blueberries are much smaller than their cultivated cousins, about ⅛-¼" (3.2-6.3 mm) inch in diameter. They are also more flavorful, not just more intense but somehow sweeter. Plants are rarely over a foot or so in height, though they can reach up to 30" (76 cm) if sheltered. Leaves are a glossy dark green color in the summer. In the fall, they turn reddish-purple. Flowers are small and white, shaped like tiny bells. Fruits are dark blue.
This Vaccinium comparision chart also includes a couple of similar-appearing species that are not Vaccinium.
Vaccinium angustifolium on Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods
Vaccinium angustifolium on Wikipedia
Vaccinium angustifolium on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Vaccinium angustifolium at Illinois Wildflowers
Vaccinium angustifolium at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Vaccinium angustifolium on the Vital Signs Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Vaccinium angustifolium on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Vaccinium angustifolium on eFloras
Vaccinium angustifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 May 2016.
Range: Zones 2-6: