Vaccinium angustifolium

Common name: Early Low Blueberry

Native plant

Don’t let the small size and wispy branches fool you, this plant is one tough shrub. The sites we find this on in the wild range from rock cliffs to sand dunes to well-drained woods with light soils, giving it a wide but limited range throughout Illinois. The blueberries that are produced are a bit small, but there are lots of them.  They start appearing in June. Birds are attracted to the berries plus many small bees and other insects are attracted to the flowers and leaves making this plant a tiny habitat. It can even take a good burning, but if you do burn it, it will sucker and may double in width.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Red Purple


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

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