Blueberry, Northern and Southern Highbush and Lowbush (Vaccinium spp.)

Blueberry, Northern and Southern Highbush and Lowbush (Vaccinium spp.)

Exposure

Full sun to part shade. Late afternoon shade is OK.
      Northern highbush and lowbush: zones 2-6b
      Southern highbush and lowbush: zones 6b-9 or 10

Soil

Acidic, moist, well-drained with high organic content. Always mulch plants well and maintain even moisture for best growth and production.

Growth Habits

Blueberry bushes usually begin bearing in the nursery and mature within 6 years. For plants in 1 gallon or smaller sizes, we recommend removing the blossoms the first year after planting to let the plant focus on establishing roots. Varieties vary with respect to cold hardiness, disease resistance, and heat and drought resistance.

Highbush and lowbush blueberries are self fertile.

Landscape Uses

Blueberries can range in size from a groundcover plant to deciduous, mid-size bushes reaching 5 to 8 feet. Leaves are an attractive green in summer and often turn brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds in the fall. Plant two or more varieties to increase yields and for berry season extension.

Usefulness

A mature bush can produce 5 to 20 pounds of delicious, edible fruit per year, depending on variety. Blueberries are particularly high in antioxidants and have many healing and anti-aging properties.

Available Varieties

Northern lowbush and highbush varieties - for zones 6b and cooler

'Blue Gold' - Mid-late season, excellent flavor and quality, easy harvest, 4-5 feet tall.

'Blueray' - Early to mid-season. Large, firm berries, 4-6 feet, red fall color.

'Bonus' - Mid-season. Sweet, high-quality fruit. Disease resistant. 5-6 feet tall.

'Elliott' - Late season. good quality fruit, 5-7 feet tall, orange/red fall color

'Legacy' - Mid-late season. Medium-size, superior-flavored fruit. 5-6 feet tall.

'Northcountry' - Midseason. Sweet, mild fruit, red fall color. 18-24 inch lowbush.

'Patriot' - Early-mid season. Large tasty berries. Fiery fall color. 4-6 feet tall.

‘Rubel' (V. austral) - Up to 8’ tall, 4’ wide. Small, flavorful fruits make the best pies and pastries. Zones 4-8.

Southern lowbush and highbush varieties - for zones 6b and warmer

'Arlen' - Late season. High-quality, medium-sized fruit. Disease resistant. 5-6 feet tall.

'Duke' - Early ripening with high yields of excellent quality fruit. 4-6 feet tall. Technically a Northern highbush that grows well in warmer areas.

'O'Neal' - Very early ripening. Large, medium blue firm fruit, good flavor. Vigorous upright growth. Zones 7b-9a. 6 tall

'Sunshine Blue' - Midseason. Good quality fruit. Very ornamental. Zones 6b-10a. 3-4 feet tall.

Pricing Information

$20.00 for 1 gal., $25.00 for 2 gal., $30.00 for 3 gal. Limited varieties in the larger sizes.