Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Suitable for forage
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 12, 2018 8:01 PM

Highbush Blueberry is not only a great commercial fruit crop plant, but it is a beautiful shrub in nature or in landscapes. It has beautiful dark, glossy leaves that turn a good red autumn color. The white urn-shaped flowers in late May or June are pretty. It is a clean, neat shrub. Its native range is from Nova Scotia and southern Maine down into northern Florida to east Texas to northern Illinois & Indiana & Ohio, most of Michigan, and north of Lakes Erie & Ontario and up the St Lawrence River into Quebec in bogs, swamps, bottomlands, near water, pine barrens, and around upland woods. It loves sandy acid soils the best; silt or good quality clay soils also work, but it dislikes heavy clay soils. In landscapes it does not grow as big as in the wild; growing more around 5 or 6 feet high usually, although some of that could be cultivars smaller size. It needs some shelter from strong, dry winds. It does sometimes fail in landscapes somehow, as what can happen to Rhododendrons or Mountainlaurels. It is slow growing of almost one foot/year. It has a fibrous, shallow root system and is easy to transplant. There are over 40 cultivars of this species grown for fruit production.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 27, 2012 2:34 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant which produces a light amber honey.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Aug 27, 2013 3:29 AM

This is the state fruit of New Jersey.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 23, 2013 6:22 PM

The Highbush Blueberry is the common variety of blueberries grown up north. I have been adding blueberry shrubs for years and now have enough to both feed myself and the backyard birds. As I don't net them, birds come and eat the fruit, but I have enough to share. Nothing beats the taste of fresh picked blueberries.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 17, 2015 5:45 PM

This is a good shrub to incorporate into a landscape. The plant emerges early, it provides pretty blooms and delicious berries, and it is absolutely stunning in the fall when the leaves turn. Keep it well watered for the best fruiting. I have 5 NOIDS that we rescued when a berry farm sold out to a housing development. I wish I knew the varieties.

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Plant Events from our members
Meredith79 On June 25, 2015 Transplanted
Planted potted plant.
Meredith79 On June 1, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Mid Season
Planted 2015
Named after Elizabeth White, one of the early blueberry researchers. Elizabeth has the flavor everyone loves. The balance of sweetness and tartness cannot be duplicated by any other variety. Berries ripen during midseason; the fruits are medium size and are recommended for u-pick and local fresh markets only. Grown successfully in zones 5-7.
Kristine1212 On April 11, 2018 Seeds sown
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