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PlantFiles: Hybrid Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium virgatum 'Emerald'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: virgatum (vir-GA-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Emerald
Additional cultivar information: (PP12165)
Hybridized by Lyrene; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

Synonym:Vaccinium corymbosum

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral SerenDippity On Oct 24, 2009, SerenDippity from Wylie, TX wrote:

Can someone give me a description of this plant's fall color?

Positive SierraTigerLily On Jul 9, 2008, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I just bought a second shrub to add to my veggie garden. The berries are large and slightly tart. In my mind they're missing some of the tang of northern fruit, but you just can't beat fresh blueberries for breakfast. Make sure to prune after fruiting.

Neutral redzone911 On Jan 10, 2008, redzone911 from Pinellas, FL wrote:

Emerald was released as a patented variety by the University of Florida in 1999, and is currently one of the more widely planted varieties in north-central Florida. Emerald combines a vigorous, upright bush, with high yield potential, early ripening, and large, high-quality berries.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Newberry, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Hillsboro, Oregon
Seabrook, Texas

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