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PlantFiles: Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinium ashei

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: ashei (ASH-ee-eye) (Info)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
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 Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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Gardeners' Notes:

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.

Rabbiteye blueberries are native to the Southeastern U.S., and while not particularly cold-hardy, are more heat-tolerant than most highbush varieties. 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.

Like the highbush varieties, rabbiteye 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.


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

New Market, Alabama

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