Incredibly cold-hardy, Vaccinium corymbosum 'Northland' (Highbush Blueberry) is a compact, dense, rounded, deciduous shrub, with ovate, medium green leaves turning attractive shades of gold, orange, red and purple in the fall. In late spring, bell-shaped, white flowers give way to showy clusters of medium-sized, medium blue, sweet blueberries which ripen in early midseason (early summer). Its reddish stems can be attractive in winter. 'Northland' is a half-high blueberry cultivar noted for its excellent winter hardiness. Perfect for small gardens or containers.
Although blueberries are self-fertile, cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop (larger berries and larger yields). For optimal pollination and yield plant more than one variety with the same bloom time.
- Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
- A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in well-drained, moisture-retentive, organically rich, acidic soil. Plant in a sheltered site and provide a good organic mulch.
- Perfect for mixed shrub borders in city gardens, cottage gardens or coastal gardens. Can be grown as an hedge or in containers. Great fruiting shrub with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
- No serious pest or disease issues. Watch out for vine weevil, powdery mildews, chlorosis (manganese and iron deficiencies).
- Prune as needed in late winter beginning in the third year after planting.
- Propagation: Take 4-6in (10-15cm) softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.