The dried fruits contain several seeds. The sparkleberry is a fine-textured, spreading, deciduous shrub or a small tree with shiny leaves and fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers. It usually grows 12-15 ft., but can reach 25 ft. Fruits are edible, globose, glossy, black berries. 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. The berries are consumed by wildlife. A profuse bloomer. Use for natural landscapes and wildlife habitat areas. It is also grown as a bonsai tree. It is also grown as a bonsai tree. Does well under a high pine canopy. Attracts many pollinators, especially valuable to native bees. Fruit is consumed by birds and other wildlife.
Growing Instructions for the Sparkleberry
- The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 2. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 3 months. 3. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Use a sterile seed starter mix, if available. It prevents soil fungi from damaging the seeds and the seedlings. If not available, then make a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 4. Put the soil in a pot. 5. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil. Do not cover them with soil. 6. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 7. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.