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Vaccinium ‘Berkeley’ (Highbush Blueberry)

Highbush Blueberry 'Berkeley', Blueberry 'Berkeley'

Vaccinium corymbosum Berkeley, Highbush Blueberry 'Berkeley', Blueberry 'Berkeley', Berries, Blue Berries

Vaccinium ‘Berkeley’ (Highbush Blueberry) is a bushy, moderately spreading, deciduous shrub, with oval dark green leaves turning brilliant red shades in the fall. In late spring, bell-shaped, white flowers give way to abundant clusters of very large, powder-blue blueberries which ripen in late midseason (mid-late summer). The berries are great for desserts and baking. Winter provides charming interest with the smooth yellow 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.

  • Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 5-8 ft. wide (150-180 cm).
  • This plant is best grown in full sun to part shade in well-drained, moisture-retentive, organically rich, acidic soil. Plant in a sheltered site and provide good organic mulch.
  • Perfect for mixed shrub borders in city gardens, cottage gardens, or coastal gardens. Can be grown as a hedge or in containers. Great fruiting shrub with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Watch out for vine weevil, powdery mildews, and 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.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Plant Type Fruits, Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Highbush Blueberry, Blueberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Vaccinium corymbosum Midnight Cascade™ (Blueberry)
Vaccinium darrowii (Darrow’s Blueberry)
Vaccinium elliottii (Elliott’s Blueberry)
Vaccinium stamineum (Deerberry)
Vaccinium pallidum (Lowbush Blueberry)
Vaccinium myrsinites (Evergreen Blueberry)

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Rhododendron ‘Ken Janeck’
Rhododendron vaseyi (Pink-Shell Azalea)
Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Plant Type Fruits, Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Vaccinium
Common names Highbush Blueberry, Blueberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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