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PlantFiles: Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum

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Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: corymbosum (kor-rim-BOW-sum) (Info)

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous
Blue-Green

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral purplesun On Mar 13, 2010, purplesun from Krapets
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a nice blueberry that would be still nicer, if it had been a better self-pollinator. I grow mine in a pot and have seen few blueberries. No highbush blueberrries anywhere near me. Otherwise, it looks nice in its container and has interesting autumn colours.

Neutral Terry On Mar 20, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Blueberries are an excellent landscaping plant, providing the gardener with fairly disease-resistant, trouble-free fruit, on a plant that serves double-duty as an ornamental shrub, with beautiful blooms and nice foliage.

Blueberries do require an acidic soil, typically 5.5 pH or lower, and can take three to five years to begin bearing sizeable quantities of fruit. Protect ripening fruit from hungry birds with netting.

Highbush blueberries are the ones most commonly found in commercial production. They can achieve a height of 10' or more if not pruned properly. Most growers maintain a height of 6' or so for easier fruit gathering.

There are many named varieties, some of which will do better in colder climates; others in the warmer areas of the country.

Fruit is relatively large, typically about 1/2" to 1" in diameter. When harvesting the fruit for freezing, do not wash the fruit. Rather, lay it in a single layer in a shallow pan or baking sheet, pick over carefully and freeze. (Washing the fruit removes its waxy blush, which protects it from mold, and will cause the fruit to stick together.) When frozen, place in an airtight container or bag. To use, pour out the frozen fruit and rinse before adding to the recipe.

Regional...

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

Fair Oaks, California
Santa Cruz, California
Lecanto, Florida
Newberry, Florida
Kingsland, Georgia
Monroe, Georgia
Corinna, Maine
Valley Lee, Maryland
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Tilton, New Hampshire
Chatsworth, New Jersey
Collingswood, New Jersey
Morristown, New Jersey
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
Summerville, South Carolina
La Vernia, Texas
Vienna, Virginia



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