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Zones A2, A3, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 37-45
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Blueberry, Hardy Half-high

Hardy half-high blueberries
Ericaceae
Deciduous, Edible fruit, Shrubs

BLUEBERRY

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.

‘Chippewa’ blueberries (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
‘Chippewa’ blueberries (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Blueberry, Hardy Half-high

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.

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