Southern Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium virgatum 'Jewel'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: virgatum (vir-GA-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Jewel
Additional cultivar information:(PP11807)
Hybridized by Lyrene
Registered or introduced: 1998
Synonym:Cyanococcus amoenus
Synonym:Cyanococcus virgatus
Synonym:Vaccinium amoenum
Synonym:Vaccinium parviflorum

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Santa Barbara, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Los Fresnos, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 12, 2009, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This cultivar is out-producing my springwide and emerald.

Neutral

On May 30, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Jewel has a chilling requirement of about 100-150 hours so it blooms extremely early in the spring. Fruit size is medium-large. Flavor is good, but slightly tart. The berry is medium blue in color. Cross pollination is required. Released by Florida in 1998, it is best suited for Florida conditions.