Vaccinium pallidum

Common name: Hillside Blueberry

Native plant

Vaccinium pallidum is a lovely, low shrub that you can harvest tasty blue morsels from on sandy soils in oak shade to full sun. The leaves tend to be dark green above and pale underneath for much of the year and turn a bright red in the fall. In lighter shade the red can be quite brilliant. While it is found on similar habitat as early low blueberry, it can stand more disturbed soils and more sun. Interestly, these two species do sometimes hybridizes where they share sites. Like other blueberries they can stand fire to a certain extent but flower and set fruit on two year old stems, so if you're a burner then maybe step it back a bit around them. As with other blueberries sandier, more acidic soils are best.

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

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

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Sandy Soils, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

White / Pink

Fall color



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

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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