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Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)

Highbush Blueberry, Blueberry, American Blueberry, Swamp Blueberry, Tall Blueberry


Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry) is a bushy upright deciduous shrub, with small oval blue-green leaves turning attractive shades of red, yellow, orange and purple in the fall. In late spring to early summer, urn-shaped creamy-white flowers give way to clusters of blue blueberries that are relished by songbirds, game birds, bear, and small mammals. Winter provides charming interest with the reddish twiggy branches forming a lovely silhouette. 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. An essential partner in the production of blueberries are the bees that are the primary pollinators for blueberry flowers. Rich in nectar, the flowers also attract butterflies. Valued for its berries and brilliant fall foliage, Highbush Blueberry is excellent for naturalized landscaping.

  • Grows up to 6-12 ft. tall (180-360 cm) and 8-12 ft. wide (240-360 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 cottage gardens. Can be grown as an hedge too. 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.
  • Native to eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spread 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 120" – 144" (300cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spread 8' – 12' (240cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 120" – 144" (300cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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