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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
Other: New leaves are sky blue and age to blue-gray. In fall, leaves are red.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Ripens midseason
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: hot pink to white
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Suitable for forage
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2006 Great Plant Picks award winner

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Common names
  • Highbush Blueberry

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Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2021-06-16
In my garden
Location: Fairfax, VA

Date: 2012-04-02
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2022-02-27
In my garden
Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my garden
Date: 2017-11-25
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2021-05-19
In my garden
Location: springfield MO
Date: 2019-06-05

Date: 2012-04-02
Location: zone 8 North Central, Fl.
Date: 2017-12-21
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-04-01
Photo by clintbrown

Date: 2012-04-02

Date: 2013-06-24
a little heat stressed

Date: 2013-06-24

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Western North Carolina
Date: March 17, 2012
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Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-03-20
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-03-20
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-03-20
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-03-20
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-22
Comments:
  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Nov 2, 2012 11:20 PM concerning plant:
    Considered one of the best low-chill blueberries for Southern regions, recommended chill: 150 hours.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Jul 11, 2023 5:52 AM concerning plant:
    I planted a Sunshine Blue at least 20 years ago, and it's still going strong. Blueberries have been virtually problem free to grow in my central MD garden. Once they begin to have a sizeable crop, I haven't had birds take too many here. The birds seem to wait until I'm about done picking, fruit is getting small and tough, then they come finish the harvest.
    Not among current recommended types from U MD, maybe newer cultivars have taken its place.
Plant Events from our members
klc210 On November 12, 2022 Maintenance performed
(Using Harris Neem Oil concentrate I sprayed entire plant including stems & leaves both front and back. Also used same concentrate to drench the roots (using about 2-3 cups for the drench)
klc210 On November 12, 2022 Maintenance performed
(Using Harris Neem Oil concentrate I sprayed entire plant including stems & leaves both front and back. Also used same concentrate to drench the roots (using about 2-3 cups for the drench))
klc210 On October 15, 2022 Transplanted
Planted in backyard on left side of yard along wall. Added acid to soil to raise the soil PH.
Transplanted (Dug hole, broke up dirt (clay) on sides and botttom of hole with the shovel. Put a thin layer of new dirt (2 bags of Miracle Grow garden soil & 1 bag of black cow manure mixed) at bottom of hole. Took the grass from digging the hole and broke & ripped it up then put on bottom of hole. this was for the organic matter that I found mentioned with planting instructions. I then finished filling the hole with the dirt mixture pressing down slightly to avoid empty spaces around roots. When the hole was halfway full with the plant stabalized I poured Bonide Root & Grow Concentrate, a root stimulator and plant starter, all over the roots making sure I didnt miss any. when possible I dunked the roots into the liquid then poured it onto the roots.)
klc210 On September 5, 2022 Obtained plant
MySecretIslandGarden On April 17, 2023 Harvested
girthworm On April 22, 2023 Transplanted
girthworm On April 20, 2023 Obtained plant
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