Thanks again to Eric La Fountaine for stepping up with a photograph and write-up!
Species of Vaccinium have become increasingly popular foods in recent years, due to their high antioxidant levels. Blueberries, cranberries, lingonberries and others in the genus are enjoyed for their delicious fruit. Most members of the genus are native to cool areas of the Northern Hemisphere, but a few like Vaccinium cylindraceum are found in warmer climates. This species is native to the Azores (a group of islands off the west coast of Africa that is part of Portugal). Its common name is Azores blueberry. The fruit is similar to blueberries found in North America, but the fruit and flowers are longer and shaped more cylindrical than spherical. The flavour is superb.
This photo was taken on a sunny day in December. It seemed late for such a colourful autumn display. Most other deciduous plants at the garden had dropped their leaves, but this specimen was glowing. It was previously featured on BPotD in bloom.