Vaccinium spp.
Attractive fruiting shrubs, Blueberries feature flavorful, nutritious berries, beautiful spring flowers, brilliant fall color, and a range of sizes, hardiness and ripening dates. Blueberries are easy to grow, require little care and are seldom bothered by pests. While Blueberries and considered self-fertile, planting two varieties will ensure abundant crops.
Southern Blueberries
Crosses of the Southern native Rabbiteye with Northern Highbush varieties, these unique varieties are hardier than the Rabbiteye and more tolerant of summer heat than the Northern Highbush types. Southern Highbush varieties also have a lower chilling requirement than Northern Highbush varieties and grow well in California and the deep south as well as in the Pacific Northwest. Hardiness varies by variety.
Emerald (USPP 12,165)
Vaccinium hybrid
This new, patented variety from Florida bears extremely heavy crops of large, sweet and flavorful, medium-blue berries. an excellent variety for Northwest gardens and for other regions with mild winters. Emerald is hardy to about 0°F. 5769
Vaccinium corymbosum
This attractive shrub makes a fine ornamental and is prized for its abundant crops of large, light blue, sweet and flavorful berries. Legacy is hardy to minus 20°F. and holds onto its attractive, golden colored leaves throughout the winter! 5775
Vaccinium ashei
This attractive, semi-evergreen shrub. will decorate any yard or landscape. Misty is prized for its striking, bright pink flowers in the spring, which are followed in July by sky blue, firm and flavorful berries. Misty is hardy to 0°F. 5780
Vaccinium hybrid
This new, patented selection from Florida is prized for its very early ripening and its large, sweet, and flavorful berries. Star is hardy to 0°F. and is a great variety for the Northwest and other regions with mild winters. 5792
Sunshine Blue
Vaccinium corymbosum
This delightful, compact shrub features showy, hot pink flowers followed by dime-sized, sweet berries with a delicious tangy flavor. Sunshine Blue fruit begins ripening in mid-summer and continues over a period of about two months. Sunshine Blue is hardy to 0°F and grows to about 3 ft. in height. 5795
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