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Vaccinium 'Rubel' (Highbush Blueberry)

Highbush Blueberry 'Rubel', Blueberry 'Rubel'


A vigorous grower with a heavy fruit set, Vaccinium 'Rubel' (Highbush Blueberry) is a bushy upright 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 small, firm, intensely flavorful blueberries which ripen in midseason (mid-late summer). The berries are reported to have twice the antioxidant value of other varieties. 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.

  • Grows up to 5-7 ft. tall (150-210 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 5' – 7' (150cm – 210cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance 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 City and Courtyard, 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 3 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 5' – 7' (150cm – 210cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance 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 City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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