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Fall color


Farkleberry, Sparkleberry, Huckleberry, Winter Huckleberry
Vaccinium arboreum


Farkleberry is a small, stiff-branched, evergreen or persistent-leaved tree or large shrub found on acid, sandy, well-drained soils in fields, clearings, open mixed forests, dry hillsides and wet bottomlands in east Texas west to the Bastrop area. It has small, bell-shaped, drooping white or pinkish flowers in loose racemes followed by small, black inedible fruit that matures in the fall. The leathery, glossy green leaves turn rich red in autumn.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: white or pinkish

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small black berries

Height: to 30 ft.

Width: to 40 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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