V. formosum, Swamp Highbush

Twigs:

Pale green to glaucous, glabrous, lithe, often red-tinged. Verrucose.

Leafbuds:

Pinkish-red, 2-4 mm -last 1.5-3 mm consisting of a flagellate arista.

Leaves:

Glossy green- upper, veins somewhat impressed. Pale green to glaucous-lower, veins prominent. Apex acuminate and mucronate. Broadest below the middle. 

Margin entire.

Corolla:

Showy, cylindric, 8 to 12 mm. Milk-white or pink-tinged. Coëtaneous. (late April-May)

Berries:

Dark blue with bloom. Excellent flavor. (June, early July)

Height:

2 to 5 meters. Bark gray.

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