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 1 to 4 ft. tall and produce sweet blue berries in summer.
‘Chippewa'. Midseason. Grows 4 ft. tall. Large, light blue fruit with excellent, sweet flavor.
‘Northblue'. Mid to late season. Grows 3 to 4 ft. high. Large, firm, dark blue berries have a trace of wild blueberry flavor.
‘Northcountry'. Early midseason. Less than 3 ft. tall. Sweet, vry light blue berries. Good in containers.
‘Northsky'. Mid to late season. Densely branched, to 1 1/2 ft. tall. Light blue berries with 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. To 4 ft. tall. Large, firm, flavorful berries.
Native to northeastern North America; for ornamental species in the same genus, see
These hybrids between highbush blueberries (V. corymbosum) and northeastern native lowbush bl...
Native to western Canada and mountainous parts of western U.S. To 15–20 ft. tall, spreading by r...