Monday, August 23, 2010

Sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum)

Vaccinium arboreum is known by the common names Tree Sparkleberry, Sparkleberry, or Farkleberry. Unlike most Vaccinium species which grow as shrubs, Vaccinium arboreum is a tree that grows to 12-15 feet.

The tree grows at a couple of places at Fort Yargo State Park: along the trail (segment 3) opposite the beach and along the trail south of the Fishing Area (segment 13). The trees are in the woods and often the fallen flowers are the only sign of their presence. The photographs of the mature flowers were taken on a rainy day along segment 3.

The first sign of Sparkleberry trees are fallen flowers on the trail.

Fully opened flowers.

Open flowers and a bud, in profile.

Open flowers, front on.

Vaccinium arboreum
(Sparkleberry or Farkleberry) is native to the United States. It grows in south-central and –eastern states.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Vaccinium arboreum (Farkleberry)

- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Vaccinium arboreum

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Tree Sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum)

Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Vaccinium arboreum

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

- Elliott's Blueberry (Vaccinium elliottii)

- Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum)


Anonymous said...

The flowers on the first picture look more like sourwood, and they tend to drop in the same manner. Might want to check that :) Don't mean to sound rude about that, sorry if I do ;D

JSK said...

Sorry. The flowers in the first shot aren't Sourwood. I know Sourwood well. These flowers came from the same tree that I captured in the subsequent shots. Those in the first shot my look a little different because they had been lying on the trail and had withered a little. :-)