Taxon: Vaccinium fuscatum Aiton

Genus: Vaccinium
    Section: Cyanococcus
Family: Ericaceae
  Subfamily: Vaccinioideae
      Tribe: Vaccinieae
Nomen number: 41017
Place of publication: Hort. kew. 2:11. 1789
Name Verified on: 10-Jun-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Jan-2006
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis (COR)
Accessions: 22 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • black highbush blueberry  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • downy swamp-huckleberry  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • hairy highbush blueberry  (Source: F S Mid Atl US) - English

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Krussmann)
  • Human food: fruit (fide L Edible Pl; Krussmann)
  • Gene sources: potential for cold tolerance in highbush blueberry (fide Temp Fruit Cr Breed 128. 2008)
  • Gene sources: secondary genetic relative of highbush blueberry (based on crossability among members of the section fide Temp Fruit Cr Breed 119. 2008)
  • Gene sources: secondary genetic relative of rabbit-eye blueberry (forms natural hybrids with tetraploid V. virgatum fide Brittonia 5:223. 1945)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada - Quebec, - Ontario
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Oklahoma
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, - Indiana, - Maine, - Massachusetts, - New Hampshire, - New Jersey, - New York, - Ohio, - Pennsylvania, - Rhode Island, - Vermont, - West Virginia
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Arkansas, - Delaware, - Florida, - Georgia, - Kentucky, - Maryland, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Tennessee, - Virginia

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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  • Camp, W. H. 1945. The North American blueberries with some notes on other groups of Vacciniaceae (Brittonia) 5:203-275.
  • Clark, R. C. 1971. The woody plants of Alabama Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 58:225.
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. 1993- (F NAmer)
  • Hancock, J. F. et al. 2008. Blueberries and cranberries (Temp Fruit Cr Breed) 4:115-149.
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
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  • Krüssmann, G. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976). 1984 (Krussmann)
  • Kunkel, G. Plants for human consumption. 1984 (L Edible Pl)
  • Megalos, B. S. & J. R. Ballington 1988. Unreduced pollen frequencies vs hybrid production in diploid-tetraploid Vaccinium crosses (Euphytica) 39:271-278.
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  • Uttal, L. J. 1987. The genus Vaccinium L. (Ericaceae) in Virginia (Castanea) 52:245.
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. 1980. The taxonomy of the highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum Canad. J. Bot. 58:1195.
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. 1996. Vaccinium. In: J. L. Luteyn et al., Ericaceae of the southeastern United States (Castanea) 61:140.
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. The genus Vaccinium in North America. 1988 (Vaccinium NAmer)
  • Weakley, A. S. Flora of the southern and middle Atlantic states. 2011 (F S Mid Atl US)


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