Vaccinium corymbosum Linnaeus
Ericaceae (Heath) Family
Plant is a multi-stem shrub or small tree. Preferred habitat is marshy sites, open pinelands, stream edges, roadsides and sandbars. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part; clasping; widest at the middle to egg-shaped; no teeth and no lobes; usually smooth above but may be downy below. Leaf is 3/4 to 1 inch wide and up to 3 inches long.
Flowers are in clusters; bisexual; symmetrical in shape. Calyx is five-lobed; corolla is urn-shaped; cylindrical or oval and contracted at the mouth; five-lobed; white to pinkish; ten stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is an edible berry.
While this region is not widely known for its wild blueberry crop or domestic variety harvesting, the volume of berries is such that Escambia County, Alabama is host to an annual Blueberry Drop festival held in the City of Brewton.