Blueberry, Hardy Half-high
Hardy half-high blueberries
Deciduous, Edible fruit, Shrubs
Native to eastern North America; for ornamental species, see Vaccinium.
Most blueberries grown for fruit are also handsome shrubs suitable for hedges or shrub borders. Leaves, to 3 in. long, are bronze when new, maturing to dark green, turning scarlet or yellow in fall. Tiny, urn-shaped spring flowers are white or pinkish. Summer fruit is decorative.
Blueberries thrive under conditions that suit rhododendrons and azaleas, to which they are related. They need cool, moist, well-drained acid soil (pH 4.5–5.5). Where soil isn’t acidic enough, either create proper conditions in garden soil or grow in containers filled with acidic potting mix.
For more information about how to grow blueberries, go to How to Choose and Grow Blueberries.
These hybrids between highbush blueberries (V. corymbosum) and northeastern native lowbush blueberries (V. angustifolium) were developed for extreme hardiness in cold-winter climates. Most grow to 1–4 ft. tall and produce sweet blue berries in summer.
‘Chippewa’. Midseason. Grows to 4 ft. tall. Large, light blue fruit with excellent, sweet flavor.
‘Northblue’. Mid- to late season. Grows to 3–4 ft. tall. Large, firm, dark blue berries have a trace of wild blueberry flavor.
‘Northcountry’. Early midseason. Less than 3 ft. tall. Sweet, very light blue berries. Good in containers.
‘Northsky’. Mid- to late season. Densely branched, to 1 1/2 ft. tall. Light blue berries with a hint of wild blueberry flavor. Good in containers.
‘Polaris’. Early. Upright, arching growth to 4 ft. tall. Light blue fruit with delightful flavor.
‘St. Cloud’. Early. Grows to 4 ft. tall. Large, firm, flavorful berries.
These hybrids between highbush blueberries (V. corymbosum) and northeastern native lowbush bl...
Native to northeastern North America; for ornamental species in the same genus, see
Native to western Canada and mountainous parts of western U.S. To 15–20 ft. tall, spreading by r...