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Vaccinium glaucoalbum
  • RHS AGM

grey-white blueberry

V. glaucoalbum is a spreading evergreen shrub with oval, dark grey-green leaves white beneath, and pale pink, cylindrical flowers in silvery-bracted racemes to 8cm in length, followed by white-bloomed black berries

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green Grey Silver
Summer Pink Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver Black White
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Vaccinium can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or small trees, with simple leaves and small, bell- or urn-shaped flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Sikkim

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in extremely acid soils that are moist but well-drained. Tolerant of shade and woodland edges. Susceptible to frost damage and delayed flowering in colder climes

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in mid to late summer or layer in mid-summer. Propagate by seed sown, in containers, in a cold-frame in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Can be affected by root rot

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