Delavay's Blueberry (Vaccinium delavayi)

 


Article by: Geoff Bryant

Whether we know it or not, most of us are familiar with the genus Vaccinium as it has among its members several current or potential commercial crops, such as blueberry, cranberry, bilberry and huckleberry. Vaccinium delavayi, however, is strictly ornamental and very unlikely to be our next export success. The name vaccinium is an ancient one taken directly from the Latin vernacular: it was used to refer to Vaccinium myrtillus, the delightfully named whortleberry. Vaccinium delavayi takes its specific name, like so many Chinese plants, , How to Find and Work With a Porch Swing Contractor To Install the Porch Swing of Your Dreams from the French Jesuit missionary Abbé Jean Marie Delavay (1838-95), who discovered the plant , Protecting your Garden Pond from Pesky Predators and introduced it to cultivation. He was also responsible for such well-known plants , Tuberous Begonias as Abies delavayi, Magnolia delavayi and Osmanthus delavayi reaching our gardens. , Color in the Vaccinium delavayi, a native of Burma and south-west China, is a hardy evergreen shrub , Some Great Ideas for Spring Patio Furniture with small, rounded leaves that are tough and leathery. In spring , Pruning Trees and Shrubs to Enhance Garden Views it produces clusters of small, bell-shaped to almost globular, white flowers , Pruning Weeping Cherry Trees and Other Grafted and Budded Plants that open from pink buds. , Patented Plants The flowers , Pruning Trees and Shrubs to Enhance Garden Views are very much in the style of Pieris, Gaultheria, Andromeda and several other closely related genera in the erica family. Pretty as the flowers , Trust Your Plants - They Know How To Grow! are, the real appeal of this little blueberry lies in the deep bluish-black berries that follow. They are just like small blueberries and have a similar flavour but are rather acidic unless very ripe. Although it seems a shame to pick the berries, you might as well because the birds , Soils, the Natural Solution will have no such reservations. While scarcely a spectacular plant, , Growing Great Strawberries Vaccinium delavayi is attractive throughout the year and is always interesting, whether in flower, , Tick Bites fruit , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 9) Experiment or just as a neat foliage plant. , Want to Learn How to Compost? It is an ideal specimen for a rockery or partially shaded corner. It grows , Gardening - ing Tasty Tomatoes to about 45cm high × 60cm wide and can be kept trimmed to a small mound. However, any pruning , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio will adversely affect either the flowering , 10 Excellent Tips on Successfully Planting Your Trees and or Shrubs or fruiting. As any blueberry grower will tell you, Vaccinium plants , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes prefer acidic soil , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes conditions. The small ornamental species are most at home , Container Gardening Is For Everyone when grown with other erica family plants , In the Veggie Patch - December such as dwarf rhododendrons, evergreen azaleas, ericas, callunas and pieris. The native New Zealand Gaultheria species are interesting plants , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes to combine with Vaccinium delavayi. Gaultheria crassa, in particular, looks very like its Chinese relative and provides a good illustration of how plants , Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening that evolve under similar conditions often resemble each other despite occurring thousands of kilometres apart. Other small native berrying plants, , Color in the Garden especially those of the epacris family, also make good companions. An alpine rockery with good berrying forms of Pentachondra pumila, Leucopogon fraseri, Cyathodes empetrifolia, Gaultheria crassa and Vaccinium delavayi would be full of interest and colour , In the Veggie Patch - December throughout the year. You won't find Vaccinium delavayi in every garden , Protecting your Pond from Pesky Predators centre, but it shouldn't require too much of a search to locate a specimen. Try looking in the perennials , Pruning Trees and Shrubs to Enhance Garden Views as well as among the shrubs, , Flowers as it's often sold at a very small size and tends to get lumped in with the rockery perennials. , Pruning Trees and Shrubs to Enhance Garden Views
I am a garden , The Basics of Mulch book author and horticultural photographer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. I run a stock photo library called Country, Farm , Harvesting Herbs and Garden , ing - Growing Tasty Tomatoes (http://www.cfgphoto.com). This article may be re-published provided this information , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without is published with it and is clearly visible.

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