Vaccinium crassifolium

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Evergreens

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, sand

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: green, bronze

Hardiness Zone: 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, clumping, creeping, drought tolerant, evergreen, fall interest, mat-forming, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, showy fruit

Vaccinium crassifolium (creeping blueberry)
  • Vaccinium crassifolium (creeping blueberry)
  • Vaccinium crassifolium (creeping blueberry)
  • Vaccinium crassifolium (creeping blueberry)
  • Vaccinium crassifolium (creeping blueberry)

Pricing & Availability


Vaccinium crassifolium

Also known as:

creeping blueberry


Scientific Synonyms:


Vaccinium crassifolium is a low-growing evergreen subshrub that barely reaches a foot off the ground. The leaves are dark-green to bronze, and glossy. Clusters of pinkish, bell-shaped flowers appear along the stems in April. These give way to small edible blueberries.


Vaccinium crassifolium is a rare blueberry species, endemic to only a few counties in the southern Atlantic state. It does best in moist to wet but well-drained, highly acidic soil. It slowly grows, or creeps horizontally, forming a dense mat and effective groundcover. It is a great specimen for use in a rock garden, where it will provide year round visual interest. Blooms in April. Zones 7-8

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ericales
Family Ericaceae Heath family
Genus Vaccinium blueberry
Species Vaccinium crassifolium creeping blueberry