Vaccinium elliottii (Elliott's Blueberry)
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Vaccinium elliottii (Elliott's Blueberry)

Elliott's Blueberry, High Bush Blueberry, Mayberry, Cyanococcus elliottii


Vaccinium elliottii (Elliott's Blueberry) is a multi-trunked, deciduous shrub of bushy, rounded habit with multiple seasons of interest. In early spring, attractive clusters of small, urn-shaped, white flowers appear on the naked stems. They are followed by abundant, juicy and edible, black berries in early-mid summer - a delight for birds, wildlife and humans alike! They can be eaten fresh and are delicious in pies, tarts, jams, and preserves. The elliptical, serrated, glossy dark green leaves, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), turn spectacular shades of scarlet and remain on the bush late into the winter. 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. The twigs of Elliott's Blueberry are an important browse for deer. Valued for its berries and brilliant fall foliage, Elliott's Blueberry is excellent in shrub borders or planted as a fruiting hedge.

  • Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in moist, acidic soil, well-drained soils. Best fruit production occurs in full sun. Avoid soils where lime is present. Plant in a sheltered site. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect for coastal gardens, cottage gardens, naturalized areas, as a specimen or in mass plantings. Can be grown as an hedge or screen too. Great fruiting shrub with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Watch out for root rot, cane cankers, mildew and botrytis. The fruits can be affected by the blueberry maggot, cherry fruit worm and the spotted wing drosophila.
  • Prune the plant after fruit ripen to prevent it from becoming too tall.
  • Propagate by seed, division, layering or stem cuttings.
  • Native to the southeastern and south-central United States, from southeastern Virginia south to Florida, and west to Arkansas and Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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 – 9
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs
Plant Family Vaccinium - Blueberries
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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