Water-Saving Native Plant of the Week - Farkleberry

By: Woodlands Water | Published 12/08/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Water-Saving Native Plant of the Week by Bob Dailey: Farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum). Tree farkle-berry is a coarse, spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree. It usually grows 12-15 ft., but can reach 25 ft. Farkleberry does best in well drained sandy to loamy soils. Drought tolerant when accompanied with a good aged native mulch. Fragrant flowers resemble tiny, white bells. Inedible, persistent, black berries follow. Shiny, dark-green leaves turn deep-red in the fall. Bark exfoliates and is composed of grays, rich browns, oranges, and reddish-browns. A shrub or tree with short trunk, irregular crown of crooked branches, small, glossy, elliptical leaves, and shiny black berries. This is the tallest of the genus of blueberries, often called huckleberries. The fruit has thin, slightly sweet pulp and large seeds. Although not palatable to humans, the berries are consumed by wildlife. Larval host forHenrys Elfin and Striped hairstreak butterflies.

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