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