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Introducing Vaccinium vitis-idaea ‘Fireball’ (sold under the cultivar name ‘Lirome’), a captivating evergreen shrub that brings a burst of color and flavor to any garden or landscape. Also known as Lingonberry or Cowberry, this compact shrub features glossy, dark green leaves that take on fiery hues of red and orange in the fall, adding a striking visual interest. In late spring to early summer, ‘Fireball’ produces small, urn-shaped pink flowers, which develop into tart, red berries that persist through the winter months.
‘Fireball’ typically grows to a height of 12-18 inches and spreads about 18-24 inches, making it perfect for borders, rock gardens, or container plantings. Plant it in a position that receives full sun to partial shade and well-drained, acidic soil. Spring or autumn is the ideal time for planting, allowing the shrub to establish its root system before facing extreme temperatures.
While Vaccinium vitis-idaea ‘Fireball’ is primarily grown for its ornamental value and edible berries, its flowers also attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. By providing a food source, ‘Fireball’ contributes to the support of local pollinator populations, enhancing the biodiversity of your garden. Additionally, its compact growth habit and vibrant foliage make it a delightful addition to any landscape, offering year-round interest and beauty. Embrace the charm and versatility of ‘Fireball’ and create a garden sanctuary that delights both humans and pollinators alike.