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VACCINIUM crassifolium 'Well's Delight'

Image of Vaccinium crassifolium 'Well's Delight'

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

VACCINIUM crassifolium 'Well's Delight'

Plant Common Name

Creeping Blueberry, Well's Delight Creeping Blueberry

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

An excellent groundcover for sandy acidic soils, this blueberry relative is a low mat-forming evergreen shrub from the southeastern United States. It steadily expands to provide a reliably dense and attractive carpet of small shiny dark-green leaves. Some forms such as 'Wells Delight' have bronze new foliage. The small, red, urn shaped flowers appear in late spring. These give rise to a scattering small, sweet, black-blue fruits. Several cultivars have been selected for vigor and for foliage size and color.

Give this creeping evergreen full to partial sun and acidic well-drained soil. It makes an excellent groundcover in sunny garden areas or along woodland edges.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4"-18" / 10.2cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Mid-Atlantic United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Edible, Groundcover

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No