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PlantFiles: Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinium virgatum 'Tifblue'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: virgatum (vir-GA-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Tifblue
Additional cultivar information: (aka Tiftblue)

Synonym:Vaccinium ashei
Synonym:Vaccinium amoenum

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 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)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tallydad On Nov 27, 2010, tallydad from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

Tifblue has long been a staple of both home and commercial growers in both south Georgia and north Florida. More recently it has been replaced in some commercial settings by Powderblue because of its occasional problems with splitting some fruit when there is much rain during the harvest season.

The plant is vigorous and productive, able to crop heavily and still produce well the following season. Given a low pH, lack of competition in the root zone, and adequate sunlight, it has grown to heights of 8' and more in my garden. It ripens the bulk of its fruit fairly late in the season. The berries are medium to medium large, with a very pleasant flavor. Like most rabbiteye blueberries, the berries have a long "shelf life" in the refrigerator and freeze well.

Since this cultivar is not a patented variety, some gardeners may appreciate Tifblue's inclination to produce quite a few suckers, which can be separated from the mother plant after they develop an adequate root system.

I've had excellent luck over 15 years or so of experience with it here in Tallahassee.

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 16, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is supposedly the most popular rabbiteye in Georgia. I had problems getting the plant to take hold. After 10 years the other cultivars are much larger plants. This is my latest ripening rabitteye, flavor is good and color is lighter (more blue) than the others.


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

Tallahassee, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Vacherie, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Florence, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
Pegram, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas

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