[NAFEX] Sparkleberries

athagan at atlantic.net athagan at atlantic.net
Sat Jan 13 19:20:55 EST 2007

I've got sparkleberries all over my place here in the Gainesville, FL
area.  They seem to really like my sandy soil.  They fruit often
enough, but seldom make berries worth fooling with which I attribute
mostly to water availability and soil fertility.  I've eaten some
nice ones in areas that had more soil moisture.  


Quoting Doc Lisenby <longdistshtr at shtc.net>:

> I mentioned several years ago about finding plenty of Sparkleberry
> trees/shrubs on my property which although locals recite eating
> them by the 
> handful in the forties and fifties, I haven't seen a berry here
> although 
> they do bloom.   I bought a piece of property seventeen miles WNW
> of here 
> and was surprised to find Sparkleberries growing and bearing plenty
> of 
> berries in a small patch.
> Ironically I live right on the USDA Hardiness Zone line between 7b
> and 8a. 
> The producing shrubs are in 7b and the non-producing shrubs are in
> 8a.  I am 
> doubtful that this is the reason but it is something which defies
> any 
> logical explanation I can think of other than herbicide or
> pesticide use 
> locally.
> Doc Lisenby 
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