Amer. J. Sci. Arts 45: 175. 1843 ,.
Plants forming open colonies, 2–5(–7.5) dm; twigs green, slightly angled, pilose or hairy. Leaves deciduous; blade green, elliptic, 23–62 × 10–36 mm, subcoriaceous, margins entire, surfaces densely hairy, eglandular abaxially. Flowers: calyx green, glandular-hairy; corolla white, cylindric, 5–9 mm, (glandular-hairy); filaments hairy. Berries black, 7–9 mm diam., hairy. Seeds 3–9, ca. 1 mm. 2n = 48.
Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Dry oak-pine ridges and mountain meadows
Elevation: 600-1500 m
Ga., N.C., Tenn.
Vaccinium hirsutum is uncommon (but not threatened) in Tennessee, rare in North Carolina, and probably extirpated in Georgia.