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Vaccinium ashei (Rabbiteye Blueberry)

Rabbiteye Blueberry, Rabbit-Eye Blueberry


Native to the Southeastern US, Vaccinium ashei (Rabbiteye Blueberry) is a bushy deciduous shrub of rather open, spreading habit, with multiple seasons of interest. In mid-spring, attractive clusters of small, urn-shaped, white flowers appear on the naked stems. They are followed by abundant, juicy and edible, powdery blue berries in early-mid summer - a delight for birds, wildlife and humans alike! A mature shrub can produce 8-20 pounds of fruit each year, depending on variety. Its blue-green leaves, 1-2 in. long (2-5 cm), turn spectacular shades of orange and scarlet for up to 4 weeks in fall. Rabbiteye Blueberry is more drought and heat tolerant than lowbush (V. angustifolia) and highbush (V. Corymbosum) blueberries. Plant two or more varieties to ensure cross-pollination and heavy fruit set.

  • Grows up to 8-15 ft. tall (240-450 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture , well-drained, acidic soils. Mulch plants well to maintain even moisture for best growth and production. Some drought tolerance.
  • Great for shrub borders, foundation plantings or as a edible hedge. Combines well with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
  • Native to the Southeastern US

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Fall
Height 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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