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Vaccinium myrtillus


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A relative of the American blueberry, the bilberry is a common site on the heaths, moors and in the woodlands of northern Europe. It forms a small, low-growing, spreading shrub about 30cm (1ft) high. Plants are covered with small, white tubular flowers in spring which are followed in summer by blue-black berries. The growth is compact with small green leaves. It requires a damp, acid soil in full sun or light shade to thrive. The fruits are sweet and edible and the leaves are often used in herbal remedies.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Vaccinium

Species: myrtillus

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Boggy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

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