Southern Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium virgatum 'O'Neal')

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 5 feet
Plant Spread: 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Evergreen foliage in mild winters or turns brilliant red before falling in cold climates.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects

Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 2:06 PM

Vaccinium corymbosum occurs throughout all of eastern North America but 'O'Neal' might be the best blueberry for the southeast because it requires relatively few chill hours (the minimum hours at a low temperature in order to set fruit), and it is self-fertile so you do not need two different varieties. 'O'Neal' averages 4-6 feet tall and 6 feet wide. The fruit ripens early and has a good yield of large, very tasty berries. Blueberries are an almost perfect landscape shrub. They are easy to grow and are very attractive when in flower and during the summer, and they have great fall foliage color before the leaves fall off. Blueberries prefer full sun and good, acidic soil that is moist but well drained.

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Nov 2, 2012 11:08 PM

Often considered to have the best flavor of the Southern highbush, large dark blue fruit matures very early from summer to early fall. Needs only 400 hours of chill.

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