Habitat and Geography

Vaccinium angustifolium is native to eastern Cananda and the Northeastern United States.  V. angustifolium grows in Canada in Manitoba stretching to the East to Newfoundland and Labrador.  In the United States, the lowbush blueberry is found in many states including Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin in the West and is found all the way throughout the New England Coast.  They continue to grow in the south throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee.


The natural habitat for V. angustifolium varies from moist to dry environments. They can be found in open, conifer forests, woods, rocky or sandy soils, bogs, clearings, and old fields. The photos at the bottom of the page show some of the various natural habitats of V. angustifolium.                                                




As the map to the right shows, V. angustifolium is native

throughout much of Wisconsin, including La Crosse county.       


The lowbush blueberry grows in moist soil that is rich in organic matter and well drained.  It grows best when the pH of the soil is very acidic ranging from a pH of 4.5 to 5.5.  Moist, sandy soils with full sun to partial shade are the ideal habitat of the lowbush blueberry.  After forest fires or logging of the forest where the blueberries grow, the blueberry production increases immensely about three years after fire.




Let's learn about the classification of V. angustifolium!