Not all blueberries are alike. In fact, not all blueberries are blue. While out looking for Black Raspberries last week, I bumped into Black Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium fuscatum). Fruit color and the absence of bloom on the berries are two clues which separate this species from the more well-known Highbush Blueberry (V. corymbosum). V. fuscatum flowers a week or two earlier than V. corymbosum, and, if this year is representative, the earlier flowering leads to earlier fruiting. Ripe fruit of either shrub are a forager's welcome surprise.