||This is by far the hardest native shrub species to located in the nursery trade. Vaccineum arboreum is the coolest plant to have in the landscape and is perfect for those high dry landscapes. This Blue Berry species naturally occurs on well drained rocky sites. Within just a few years it will begin to take the shape and appearance of a an ancient small tree. At maturity, Vaccineum arboreum can reach a size of 20'High and 15'Wide. Now remember I am speaking of a 50 year old specimen when I mention, at maturity but at any time in this species life it will appear to have been in the garden for much longer than it actually has. At around 5 years it starts to develop gnarly and twisted trunks and with 3-5 more years the limbs will take on that same appearance. Truly a plant to have in the garden as it ages and produces exfoliating bark. Highly sought after on native plant rescues and very seldom offered by anyone. Here is a chance to buy nursery propagated specimens. In the spring, this species is covered with small bell shaped flowers followed by a flush of new glossy, dark green oval shape leaves and in late summer and fall it is covered with small bee bee sized black fruits that are relished by birds.