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Shrubs or small trees, with firm deciduous leaves, and white flowers in leafy-bracted racemes. Calyx 5-toothed. Corolla campanulate, 5-lobed. Stamens 10; anthers not exserted. Ovary inferior, 5-celled; style exserted. Berry black, globose, many-seeded. [Greek, blackberry tree.]
Vaccinium arboreum Marsh. Arb. Amer. 157. 1785. Batodendron arboreum Nutt. loc. cit. 1843.
A divergently branched shrub or small tree, reaching a maximum height of about 300, and trunk diameter of 9', the twigs glabrous or slightly pubescent. Leaves obovate or oval, obtuse or acute and mucronulate at the apex, narrowed at the base, short-petioledi shining and bright green above, duller, and sometimes sparingly pubescent beneath, entire or glandular-denticulate, coriaceous, 1'-2' long, 1/2'-1' wide; flowers pendulous, slender-pedicelled; corolla white, campanulate, 5-lobed; bracts persistent; berry about 3" in diameter, inedible.
Batodendron andrachnef˛rme Small, of Missouri, differs by its shorter-pedicelled smaller flowers, the corolla globular-campanulate.