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PlantFiles: Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Sunshine Blue'

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

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20 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BUFFY690 On Jun 30, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Adding this to my blueberry collection today

Positive blessingspeak On Jun 10, 2011, blessingspeak from Ben Wheeler, TX wrote:

I've grown blueberries for years both for commercial you-pick and as a landscape plant. This blueberry is by far one of the easiest most trouble free of all the varieties I have here in East Texas. Here where the Rabbiteye Blueberry is king this non-Rabbiteye can outshine for looks and curb appeal... not to mention it tolerates pH fluctuations better then any blueberry in the South I have run into yet.

If you are not wanting the challenges of growing blueberries but just want the berries the Sunshine Blue is your best bet.

Dan Goddard
SavoryScape, Inc.

Positive ronmac46 On Jun 10, 2009, ronmac46 from Fair Oaks, CA wrote:

I'm having very good luck with this Blueberry. Halfway thru its first year which was last summer I was trying to straighten it in its pot and snapped it off at dirt level, berries and all. amagine my dismay as I held my new bush... loaded with berries. well good thing I didnt dig out the roots and throw them away, because within a few weeks they started to sprout new stems. This year It has completely recovered and is full of delicious berries again.

Positive anelson77 On May 31, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I am growing 8 varieties of blueberry, and 'sunshine blue' which I picked for its good looks, is the best. I planted 4 of them with the perennials because it is such a pretty plant in all seasons, and evergreen. It bears berries a few handfuls at a time over about a 2 month season. The berries are the sweetest and tastiest of all.

It likes sun, regular water, and is fine with my heavy clay soil. Doesn't seem to need any fertilizer.

Positive Gardening_Jim On Dec 10, 2008, Gardening_Jim from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Good sized fruit of fine flavor ripen over a long period. Evergreen. Highly recommended by my 4 year old granddaughter, Avery, who can spot a ripe berry from 10 yards.

Positive Terry On Aug 30, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A dwarf variety, Sunshine Blue tolerates higher pH soils and doesn't require a pollinator - mine are second-year plants, about 18" high. Hoping for a good first-year crop next year.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Clayton, California
Fair Oaks, California
Fairfax, California
Fremont, California
Long Beach, California
Mountain View, California
Ontario, California
Palo Alto, California
San Jose, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Casselberry, Florida
Snellville, Georgia
Russell, Kentucky
Broussard, Louisiana
Portland, Oregon
Columbia, South Carolina
Laurens, South Carolina
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Rockvale, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Ben Wheeler, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Marysville, Washington (2 reports)
Seattle, Washington
Sequim, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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