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Vaccinium vitis-idaea


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Plant details

Evergreen vacciniums are acid-loving European shrubs of moors and woodlands. Many, such as the cranberry and bilberry, are popular for their sharp edible fruits. The cowberry is a native of Britain, a dwarf, creeping shrub with handsome glossy foliage like that of hedging box. It is a perfect choice for edging shady borders or for underplanting large shrubs and trees in acid soils, where it flowers and fruits freely in varying degrees of shade. The brilliant rich red spherical berries start to colour as the last bell-shaped flowers open in late summer.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Vaccinium

Species: vitis-idaea

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 25cm

Spread: 150cm

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