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PlantFiles: Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blue Ray'

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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)
Cultivar: Blue Ray
Additional cultivar information: (aka Blueray)

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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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Customlucky On Apr 7, 2006, Customlucky from Amarillo, TX wrote:

these attractive shrubs are attractive while in flower and fruit and they have brilliant autumn foliage which becomes orange, scarlet and red! they need acid soil with a high content of organic material to maintain moisture. this can be easily accomplished by adding sand and peat moss to the soil. a constant but moderate moisture supply throughout the growing season in necessary while over water for long periods is a no-no. i recommend using a liquid Azalea and Rhododendron plant food which can normally be purchased through your plant dealer or wal-mart :) all-in-all this is a marvelous plant to grow and i highly recommend it. The quarter size fruit that the blueray produces is extravagent!!!

Neutral Tir_Na_Nog On Feb 12, 2006, Tir_Na_Nog from Houston
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

According to brackengardens.com:

Introduced from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in 1955, this variety is an old favorite. Highbush; early midseason with small, tight clusters of large, medium blue fruit. The soft, firm skin of Blueray resists cracking. Excellent quality berries with a sweet, slightly tart, aromatic flavor. Vigorous and very productive, this bush will grow 4-6 feet tall at maturity. Bright red wood in the winter.

Regional...

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

Keomah Village, Iowa
Rochester, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Amarillo, Texas
Midlothian, Virginia
Langley, Washington



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